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Definitions for parentage
ˈpɛər ən tɪdʒ, ˈpær-parent·age

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parenthood, parentagenoun

    the state of being a parent

    "to everyone's surprise, parenthood reformed the man"

  2. parentage, birthnoun

    the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents

  3. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stocknoun

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"


  1. parentagenoun

    Of or pertaining to one's parents, and in particular, the legitimacy of one's birth.

  2. parentagenoun

    The social quality of your class in society.

  3. parentagenoun

    origin; derivation

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Parentagenoun

    Extraction; birth; condition with respect to the rank of parents.

    Etymology: parentage, Fr. from parent.

    A gentleman of noble parentage,
    Of fair demeasns, youthful and nobly allied. William Shakespeare.

    Though men esteem thee low of parentage,
    Thy father is th’ eternal king. John Milton, Par. Reg.

    To his levee go,
    And from himself your parentage may know. Dryden.

    We find him not only boasting of his parentage, as an Israelite at large, but particularizing his descent from Benjamin. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parentagenoun

    descent from parents or ancestors; parents or ancestors considered with respect to their rank or character; extraction; birth; as, a man of noble parentage

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. parentage relationship.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parentage in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parentage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of parentage in a Sentence

  1. Rumbold Seidelman:

    To protect themselves, it's very important for same-sex couples to secure their parentage by obtaining a court order of adoption or order of parentage from a court since court orders are entitled to full faith and credit, couples -- especially in hostile states -- should not rely on their marriage, or both being on the birth certificate, to secure their parental relationship to their child.

  2. Rumbold Seidelman:

    The bigger issue will be challenges to the parentage of the nongenetically connected parent who is relying on their marital status to secure their parentage.

  3. Oliver Ryder:

    It just hit us in the face. We only confirmed it because of the normal genetic studies we do to prove parentage, our results showed that both eggs possessed the expected male ZZ sex chromosomes, but all markers were only inherited from their dams( mothers), verifying our findings.

  4. George Bernard Shaw:

    Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.

  5. Evelyn Stauffer:

    The department has been operating in good faith and earnestly trying to comply with court orders, including the rapidly approaching deadline for reunification, our interpretation of the court's order is that HHS must make a determination of parentage, fitness, and safety before reunifying families, but that HHS need not undertake the fuller process of vetting for children's safety that HHS would ordinarily conduct in its operations.

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