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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parenthood is a difficult task requiring great commitment
Recent Examples on the Web The report only refers to having biological children when classifying parenthood, and does not take into account adopted or step children. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Season three of You teases parenthood for our literary stalker Joe (Penn Badgley) and his reverse stalker, now Love Quinn-Goldberg (Victoria Pedretti). Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 30 Aug. 2021 Kevin Hart plays a recent widower trying to juggle parenthood with grief in this new film based on a true story. Emma Specter, Vogue, 26 May 2021 Finally, acknowledging and eliminating hiring bias against older parents relaunching their careers would make parenthood less of an all-or-nothing proposition. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 Adding parenthood into the mix, says Bronfman, is something that has really made her appreciate sleep. Nicole Pajer, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2021 The timing and the way people pursue parenthood has changed, but our biology hasn’t. Fortune, 5 Apr. 2021 Staring parenthood in the face can be both daunting and exciting. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 5 Mar. 2021 Bindi and Chandler welcomed Grace on March 25, and have been sharing plenty of new parenthood moments with fans through social media since. Ashley Boucher,, 24 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of parenthood

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Parenthood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parenthood

: the state of being a mother or a father

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