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[pair-uh n-tij, par-] /ˈpɛər ən tɪdʒ, ˈpær-/
derivation or descent from parents or ancestors; birth, origin, or lineage:
a man of distinguished parentage.
the state or relation of a parent; parenthood.
Origin of parentage
From Middle French, dating back to 1480-90; See origin at parent, -age
1. ancestry, extraction, stock. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His parentage was obscure, and he was generally known only by his nickname of Professor.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • On the contrary, I was delighted; her parentage was well known to me.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • Nothing is certain about his parentage, and his age is the subject of dispute.

  • Notwithstanding her Jewish parentage, she was fair as the day and fresh as the dawn.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • "You have been in error, sir, touching your parentage," quoth he bluntly.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The taint of alcoholism was in his blood, and matrimony and parentage were not for him.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • Was revenge his motive now, stronger since her revelation of her parentage?

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for parentage


derivation from a particular origin
(rare) parenthood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for parentage

late 15c., "parental conduct," from Middle French parentage (12c.), from parent (see parent). Meaning "lineage" is from 1560s; figurative use from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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