Definition of parentage in English:



  • 1The identity and origins of one's parents.

    ‘a boy of Jamaican parentage’
    • ‘Born of Russian parentage, Robin never new his father and it was a standing joke that he would probably bump into him when one of the many Soviet dance troupes visited Wimbledon Theatre.’
    • ‘Born in the United States of Barbadian parentage, she must somehow bridge the gap between two identities that are often in conflict.’
    • ‘Weisz, a London native of Hungarian and Austrian parentage, previously appeared in such films as The Mummy, Enemy at the Gates and Runaway Jury.’
    • ‘Calves were born between late February and mid May in each calving year and were identified for parentage at birth.’
    • ‘I have Welsh parentage, Welsh ancestry, was taught the Welsh language at school, and indeed I have lived in Wales.’
    • ‘She knew no parents; those in the Service never learned their parentage.’
    • ‘To simulate a situation in which neither parent is known, the assignment of parentage was divided into two parts.’
    • ‘For example, when an offspring and parent share rare alleles, confidence in parentage is higher than when sharing common alleles.’
    • ‘Indeed, common place of origin is often connected with genos, one's origins by common descent and parentage.’
    • ‘Well his background, his parentage and his ancestry was Jewish.’
    • ‘A High Court judge yesterday reserved judgment in the first stage of the legal action to help people conceived by donor insemination to discover more about their parentage.’
    • ‘There are some Moroccans, Algerians, Canadians, Germans, Americans and children with Indonesian and French parentage.’
    • ‘Apparently, the media knew Aaron had secretly given his servant a child to care for, but they mistook the boy's parentage.’
    • ‘The idea that people of mixed racial parentage and their descendants may have special needs is increasingly gaining ground.’
    • ‘Chiluba's parentage and educational background are both in dispute.’
    • ‘Questioning his parentage vocally I went after him, crawled on my belly under the futon, and strained my arm out to retrieve the little plastic bag.’
    • ‘Most often, children of dual racial parentage are identified with whichever race their physical features most reflect.’
    • ‘Or would they adopt the Nazi model and look at parentage to establish how English someone's heritage was?’
    • ‘This study provides empirical support for the use of likelihood analysis to infer parentage of progeny with multiple compatible parent pairs.’
    • ‘In a smaller community, the members of a subculture - all four of them - would be known by name, background and parentage.’
    ancestry, lineage, descent, extraction, roots, background, heredity, pedigree
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    1. 1.1The origin of something.
      ‘this ice cream boasts American parentage’
      • ‘But big decisions like this always have a myriad of motivations behind them and multiple parentage.’
      • ‘The game I'll play later tonight owes its parentage to a program written in 1958.’
      • ‘Now, every bloody tale from a slasher series such as Halloween to the video nasties of the 1970s can trace some element of their parentage back to Psycho.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each of the 85 varieties profiled is given its own page, illustration and description of its parentage.’
      • ‘He slammed his fist down on the snooze button and brought into question its parentage.’
      • ‘A company with French parentage runs the service.’


Late 15th century: from Old French.