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parent company

a corporation or other business enterprise that owns controlling interests in one or more subsidiary companies (distinguished from holding company).
Origin of parent company
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Aluminum castings are obtained from the foundry of the parent company, Luftschiffbau-Zeppelin.

    Zeppelin Harry Vissering
  • He organized a small group within the parent company, Luftschiffbau-Zeppelin, in 1912.

    Zeppelin Harry Vissering
  • He made short-term contracts, and tried in every way to keep control of the whole system in the hands of the parent company.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • Meanwhile public opinion on this side was far more unfavorable, and the parent company found itself without means or credit.

    Peter Cooper Rossiter W. Raymond
  • They were in the credit account of Gordon and Gordon, every dollar of which justly belonged to the parent company.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for parent company

parent company

a company that owns more than half the shares of another company
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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