What does parent mean?

Definitions for parent
ˈpɛər ənt, ˈpær-par·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parentnoun

    a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian

  2. parentverb

    an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained

  3. rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parentverb

    bring up

    "raise a family"; "bring up children"


  1. parentnoun

    One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father.

  2. parentnoun

    A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a step-parent or adoptive parent.

  3. parentnoun

    A relative.

  4. parentnoun

    The source or origin of something.

  5. parentnoun

    An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended.

  6. parentnoun

    A parent company.

  7. parentnoun

    The object from which a child or derived object is descended; a node superior to another node.

  8. parentverb

    To act as parent, to raise or rear.

  9. Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PARENTnoun

    A father or mother.

    Etymology: parent, Fr. parens, Latin.

    All true virtues are to honour true religion as their parent, and all well-ordered commonweales to love her as their chiefest stay. Richard Hooker.

    As a publick parent of the state,
    My justice, and thy crime, requires thy fate. Dryden.

    In vain on the dissembl’d mother’s tongue
    Had cunning art, and sly persuasion hung;
    And real care in vain and native love
    In the true parent’s panting breast had strove. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parentnoun

    one who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother

  2. Parentnoun

    that which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice

  3. Etymology: [L. parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. porei^n to give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. Part.]


  1. Parent

    A parent is a caretaker of the offspring in their own species. In humans, a parent is of a child. Children can have one or more parents, but they must have two biological parents. Biological parents consist of the male who sired the child and the female who gave birth to the child. In all human societies, the biological mother and father are both responsible for raising their young. However, some parents may not be biologically related to their children. An adoptive parent is one who nurtures and raises the offspring of the biological parents but is not actually biologically related to the child. Children without adoptive parents can be raised by their grandparents or other family members. A parent can also be elaborated as an ancestor removed one generation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parent

    pār′ent, n. one who begets or brings forth: a father or a mother: one who, or that which, produces: an author: a cause.—n. Par′entage, descent from parents: birth: extraction: rank or character derived from one's parents or ancestors: relation of parents to their children.—adj. Parent′al, pertaining to, or becoming, parents: affectionate: tender.—adv. Parent′ally.—ns. Par′enthood, state of being a parent: duty or feelings of a parent; Parent′icide, one who kills a parent.—adj. Par′entless, without a parent. [Fr., 'kinsman'—L. parens, for pariens, -entis, pr.p. of parĕre, to bring forth.]

Editors Contribution

  1. parent

    A male and female who cocreate a child together.

    Their parents are so valued, loved and respected.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2824

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2303

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parent' in Nouns Frequency: #183

Anagrams for parent »

  1. enrapt

  2. entrap

  3. panter

  4. trepan

  5. arpent

  6. pretan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of parent in a Sentence

  1. Caleb Lopes:

    I think East Fairhaven Elementary's pretty neat if they can sniff something that could possibly be putting our kids in harm's way or make them ill, i want them to be safe, just like any other parent wants them to be safe.

  2. Scott Bechtel:

    Being a parent is hard enough, the last thing you ever want is to see your child sick or different from other kids. Over the years, we’ve seen the faces of so many parents brightened when they place that custom-wrapped helmet on their child’s head. A little color andfuncan really bring light to an otherwise worrisome situation.

  3. Elizabeth Gaskell:

    A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.

  4. Killing Farah:

    Sometimes, as a parent, you don’t want to be away so much, it hurts sometimes. I just want to go home and celebrate with them.

  5. Kristin Chenoweth:

    The reason I am most attracted to this role and wanted to do it is because I am fascinated with the idea of a son becoming a parent to his mother, this woman has a lot of issues like agoraphobia. She has some addictions. She has some mental health issues. I am also loving getting to walk that line with a little bit of humor but also the real situation. To me it all just felt right.

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