par·​ent·​hood | \ ˈper-ənt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce parenthood (audio) \

Definition of parenthood

: the state of being a parent specifically : the position, function, or standing of a parent

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Examples of parenthood in a Sentence

parenthood is a difficult task requiring great commitment

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Legal parenthood cannot be transferred for at least six weeks, and then only by court order. The Economist, "New proposals to regulate Britain’s surrogacy boom," 7 June 2019 For her, standing up to that pressure means continuing to examine parenthood in print. Olga Mecking, Good Housekeeping, "I Need My Instagram to Be a Place Where I Can Take a Break from Being a Mother," 28 Mar. 2019 This is the state of parenthood today: overbooked children and overworked parents scrambling to get places. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Uber Says No Kids—These Other Car Services Say Yes," 7 May 2019 In 2017, the family of three became stars of a new show, Nate & Jeremiah by Design, in which the designer couple help homeowners solve nightmare renovations—all while juggling parenthood. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Brief Timeline of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent's Relationship," 3 May 2019 Sometimes working parenthood means missing the kids by day . . . Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "13 Things We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Working Moms," 16 Apr. 2019 His wife, Kate Middleton, also opened up about the challenges of parenthood, while visiting a Mental Health in Education conference this week. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Describes "Fear of Having a Newborn" & Kate Middleton Says She Was a "Naive" Parent," 16 Feb. 2019 Molina, who blogs about parenthood at, decided to treat herself since it was parked near her workout spot. Joseph Pisani, USA TODAY, "Who's that selling steaks, seafood and toys in a parking lot? It's Amazon's Treasure Truck," 14 June 2018 The Duchess isn't the only one who is excited about her impending parenthood. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "A Body Language Expert Analyzes What Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Might Be Like As Parents," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of parenthood

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parenthood was in 1853

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English Language Learners Definition of parenthood

: the state of being a mother or a father

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