Definitions

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

Etymologies

Old French parentage (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In chambers today in Los Angeles, the judge presiding over this case decided that he, in fact, has jurisdiction over what he calls parentage issues.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2006

  • So much of it so far has been about the pet store and buying purebreds, and that desire to have a “clean” dog, both in history and parentage, is part of the problem.

    Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs Book 14 » Manga Worth Reading

  • So much of it so far has been about the pet store and buying purebreds, and that desire to have a ‘clean’ dog, both in history and parentage, is part of the problem.

    Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs Book 14 » Manga Worth Reading

  • When he shows reservations in embarking on an affair with her, she points out to him that as an illegitimate son, his parentage is uncertain, to which Spurio agrees.

    Final drafting stuff:

  • One of the bonus side effects of toxic parentage is a lack of childhood memories, so paper images also function as tangible proof of an events you can't recall.

    scan your life

  • Growing up spoiled in a life of luxury just down river from the Taj Mahal, at fifteen the news of Pran's true parentage is revealed to his father and he is tossed out into the street - a pariah and an outcast.

    The Impressionist: Summary and book reviews of The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru.

  • Growing up spoiled in a life of luxury just down river from the Taj Mahal, at fifteen the news of Pran's true parentage is revealed to his father and he is tossed out into the streeta pariah and an outcast.

    The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru: Questions

  • Thou art called a Jew; not so much in parentage as profession.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Having already been burned on the Rove-is-indicted and the Iranian Jewish-star stories last month, I am certainly willing to read and discuss alternate points of view on this story, ratchet up my healthy skepticism, and I am more than happy to do it in a civil discourse as opposed to some of the more energetic methods at other blogs and sites wherein the writer's parentage is called into question and accusations of indecent conduct with certain barnyard creatures are levelled.

    June 2006

  • When, in a rare lucid moment, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor must enlist the aid of his best friend, Denny, a recovering chronic masturbator, and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall, to solve this mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.

    CHUCK PALAHNIUK’S ‘CHOKE’ IN PICTURES

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