What does parent mean?

Definitions for parent
ˈpɛər ənt, ˈpær-par·ent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word parent.

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.


  1. parent

    A parent is an individual who has offspring, typically a biological or adoptive mother or father. A parent is responsible for the care, protection, and nurturing of their child or children, providing them with love, guidance, support, and basic needs such as food, shelter, and education. Parenting involves various roles and responsibilities in the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of a child, ensuring their well-being and preparing them for adulthood.

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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Parent is ranked #3225 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Parent surname appeared 11,193 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Parent.

    92.7% or 10,376 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 223 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 213 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 198 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 100 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 83 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  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. Maria Valdes:

    Then I can start to think about the origin of this rock, how it evolved over time, what kind of parent body it came from, and where in the solar system that parent body formed, those are kind of the big questions that we try to address.

  2. President Biden:

    The American Rescue Plan gave schools money to hire teachers and help students make up for lost learning, i urge every parent to make sure your school does just that.And we can all play a part – sign up to be a tutor or a mentor.

  3. Nicole Hockley:

    Anyone who has children in their lives -- not only as a parent but an aunt or a caregiver or a neighbor -- there's common ground, these tragedies are preventable.

  4. Newark Schools Superintendent Chris Cerf:

    As a parent, I too find the fact that the district has identified elevated levels of lead in water in each of these past years extremely concerning.

  5. Steve Sisolak:

    Your voices, your involvement, your thoughts are an important part of great schools. I will always support a strong parent involvement in making our education the best it can be, i really believe the future of our state is directly tied to the quality of our schools. Last year, I worked with the legislature to commit $200 million to get our students caught up after the pandemic.

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