[pair-uhn-tij, par-]


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

Synonyms for parentage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parentage

Contemporary Examples of parentage

  • Pro-lifers believe that all human life should be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what the parentage may be.

  • Given his parentage, Ai is considered a "princeling," a member of the political elite.

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    Ai Weiwei Comes Home

    Melinda Liu, Isaac Stone Fish

    June 23, 2011

  • Their sex lives and the parentage of their children are called into question.

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    Stop Calling Them Sluts

    Mark McKinnon

    November 1, 2010

Historical Examples of parentage

British Dictionary definitions for parentage



derivation from a particular origin
rare parenthood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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