from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Descent from parents; lineage: of humble parentage.
- n. The state or relationship of being a parent.
- n. Derivation from a source; origin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Of or pertaining to one's parents, and in particular, the legitimacy of one's birth.
- n. The social quality of your class in society.
- n. origin; derivation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Descent from parents or ancestors; parents or ancestors considered with respect to their rank or character; extraction; birth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Derivation from parents: as, the parentage of a child; in general, birth; origin: as, the parentage of an animal or a plant: by extension, derivation from an author or source: as, the parentage of a book, or of a legislative bill.
- n. Specifically, condition with respect to the rank or character of parents or ancestors: as, a person of mean parentage; a man of noble parentage.
- n. Parents collectively.
- n. The parental relationship as exhibited in the recognition and care of children.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents
- n. the descendants of one individual
- n. the state of being a parent
Old French parentage (Wiktionary)