Definition of parentage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛːr(ə)ntɪdʒ/


[mass noun]
1The identity and origins of one’s parents: a boy of Jamaican parentage
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  • Well his background, his parentage and his ancestry was Jewish.
  • In a smaller community, the members of a subculture - all four of them - would be known by name, background and parentage.
  • Chiluba's parentage and educational background are both in dispute.
1.1The origin of something: this ice cream boasts American parentage
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  • In contrast, we quantified the activity of PDC in root tissues from a much larger number of tolerant and intolerant rice lines with a shared parentage.
  • A company with French parentage runs the service.
  • He slammed his fist down on the snooze button and brought into question its parentage.
origins, extraction, birth, family, ancestry, lineage, heritage, pedigree, descent, line of descent, line, blood, bloodline, stock, paternity, roots, derivation
rare filiation, stirps


Late 15th century: from Old French.

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