par·​ent·​hood ˈper-ənt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce parenthood (audio)
: the state of being a parent
specifically : the position, function, or standing of a parent

Examples of parenthood in a Sentence

parenthood is a difficult task requiring great commitment
Recent Examples on the Web The crazy comedic duo take on parenthood in the upcoming pregnancy comedy. Shania Russell,, 4 Apr. 2024 Jrue and Lauren have welcomed children of their own, although their journey to parenthood was not an easy road. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 For individuals and families within the LGBTQ+ community, the path to parenthood is often colored by its own set of unique challenges. Larada Lee, Essence, 2 Apr. 2024 Time and breakups and, hello, parenthood reshape people — plus, pandemic, etc. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 But the famous Fox Sports reporter's road to parenthood was anything but easy. Anna Halkidis, Parents, 28 Mar. 2024 But, Singleton added the dollars may also help to expand their services to young fathers also struggling when parenthood arrives at an early age. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 27 Mar. 2024 Two players who could relate to parenthood on tour are Osaka and Elina Svitolina, who are scheduled to play each other on Friday. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 21 Mar. 2024 Well, according to data sent to USA TODAY from Rover, Pet parenthood can range from $1,000 to $5,225, but optional extras will cost most dog parents $1,405 to $6,235 per year. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parenthood was in 1853

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“Parenthood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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