parenthood

noun par·ent·hood \ ˈper-ənt-ˌhu̇d \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of parenthood

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

Examples of parenthood in a Sentence

  1. parenthood is a difficult task requiring great commitment

Recent Examples of parenthood from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'parenthood.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of parenthood

1853


PARENTHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

parenthood

noun

Definition of parenthood for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being a mother or a father



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up parenthood? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!