parenthood

[pair-uh nt-hoo d, par-]

noun

the state, position, or relation of a parent.

Origin of parenthood

First recorded in 1855–60; parent + -hood
Related formsnon·par·ent·hood, noun
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Word Origin and History for parenthood
n.

1856, from parent (n.) + -hood.

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