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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This year, new dads like Trey Songz and Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Dennis McKinley relished in the beautiful feeling of parenthood. Essence, "Here's How Your Favorite Black Celebrity Dads Spent Their Father's Day," 17 June 2019 By Ohanian’s own admission, his public performance of parenthood is strategic. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why Alexis Ohanian tweets so much about fatherhood," 10 June 2019 Books like Oster’s fall into the trap of promising easy solutions—in her case, based on Big Data—to the exasperating trials of parenthood. Amos Barshad, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 7 June 2018 For example, eight years of at-home parenthood were fulfilling but also isolating. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘modern fairy tale’ at Cyrano’s, the mysterious disappearance of a woman’s voice," 20 June 2019 Of course, performative parenthood on social media can inspire eye rolls. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Praise of Dadfluencers," 16 June 2019 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

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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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