parent company


noun

a corporation or other business enterprise that owns controlling interests in one or more subsidiary companies (distinguished from holding company).

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  6. parent compound,
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  8. parent language,
  9. parent metal,
  10. parent teacher association

Origin of parent company

First recorded in 1865–70

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British Dictionary definitions for parent company

parent company

noun

a company that owns more than half the shares of another company
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