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[pair-uhn-tij, par-]
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  1. derivation or descent from parents or ancestors; birth, origin, or lineage: a man of distinguished parentage.
  2. the state or relation of a parent; parenthood.
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Origin of parentage

From Middle French, dating back to 1480–90; see origin at parent, -age

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Related Words for parentage

lineage, derivation, bloodline, origin, family, house, forebear, seed, pedigree, extraction, breed, source, heritage, breeding, ancestor, stock, progenitor, kindred, blood, birth

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British Dictionary definitions for parentage


  1. ancestry
  2. derivation from a particular origin
  3. rare parenthood
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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.

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