from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother.
  • n. An ancestor; a progenitor.
  • n. An organism that produces or generates offspring.
  • n. A guardian; a protector.
  • n. A parent company.
  • n. A source or cause; an origin: Despair is the parent of rebellion.
  • transitive v. To act as a parent to; raise and nurture: "A genitor who does not parent the child is not its parent” ( Ashley Montagu).
  • transitive v. To cause to come into existence; originate.
  • intransitive v. To act as a parent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a step-parent or adoptive parent.
  • v. To act as parent, to raise or rear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother.
  • n. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A father or mother; one who has generated or produced: correlated to child, offspring, descendant.
  • n. By extension, any animal in relation to its offspring, or a plant in relation to other plants produced from it; any organism in relation to the individual organisms which it produces by any process of reproduction.
  • n. One who or that which produces; an author; a cause; a source.
  • n. A kinsman; relative.
  • Serving as or pertaining to a parent or source.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring up
  • n. a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
  • n. an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin parēns, parent-, from past active participle of parere, to give birth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman parent, Middle French parent, from Latin parentem, accusative of parēns ("parent"), present participle of parere ("to breed, bring forth"). (Wiktionary)



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