- a father or a mother.
- an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor.
- a source, origin, or cause.
- a protector or guardian.
- Biology. any organism that produces or generates another.
- Physics. the first nuclide in a radioactive series.
- being the original source: a parent organization.
- Biology. pertaining to an organism, cell, or complex molecular structure that generates or produces another: parent cell; parent DNA.
- to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline.
Origin of parent
Examples from the Web for parent
Tinder and OkCupid are both owned by IAC, the parent company of The Daily Beast.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
To be a parent is to be able to offer truly unconditional love.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
Not even after its parent company, the Soviet Union, took a dive in 1991.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
At least one parent would have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
Patty Hearst's parents are separated, and he broods about which parent the girl will go to before her marriage.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
As between child and parent or nurse it is not argued about because it is inevitable.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
But the yearning towards the parent country is too strong to be overcome.In the Heart of Vosges
I am a childless man, yet here I am as the parent of all of them.In the Valley
It is the parent, the fosterer, the sole supporter of the slave-trade.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He then mentioned his intention, as a gentleman and a parent, of writing to Mr Merdle.Little Dorrit
- a father or mother
- a person acting as a father or mother; guardian
- rare an ancestor
- a source or cause
- an organism or organization that has produced one or more organisms or organizations similar to itself
- (as modifier)a parent organism
- physics chem
- a precursor, such as a nucleus or compound, of a derived entity
- (as modifier)a parent nucleus; a parent ion
Word Origin and History for parent
early 15c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French parent "father, parent, relative, kin" (11c.), from Latin parentem (nominative parens) "father or mother, ancestor," noun use of present participle of parere "bring forth, give birth to, produce," from PIE root *pere- "to bring forth" (see pare). Began to replace native elder after c.1500.
- One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother.
- An ancestor; a progenitor.
- An organism that produces or generates offspring.
- To act as a parent to; to rear and nurture.
- To cause to come into existence; to serve as a source for; originate.