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[pair-uh n-tij, par-] /ˈpɛər ən tɪdʒ, ˈpær-/
derivation or descent from parents or ancestors; birth, origin, or lineage:
a man of distinguished parentage.
the state or relation of a parent; parenthood.
Origin of parentage
1480-90; < Middle French; see parent, -age
1. ancestry, extraction, stock. Unabridged
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  • Of the incidents in the life of Homer, almost as little is known as of his parentage and birth-place.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • His parentage was obscure, and he was generally known only by his nickname of Professor.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • His name and parentage laid aside, the young boy was brought up among the moors and hills as one of the shepherd's own children.

    Strange Pages from Family Papers T. F. Thiselton Dyer
  • The vine is usually vigorous and, considering its parentage, is very hardy.

  • The one great cloud over Dave's life was the question of his parentage.

    Dave Porter in the South Seas Edward Stratemeyer
  • Through this channel Atlee drew him on to the subject of the Greek girl and her parentage.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • parentage or Power?A study of which form of aristocracy must eventually prevail, thatof blood or that of talent.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
British Dictionary definitions for parentage


derivation from a particular origin
(rare) parenthood
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Word Origin and History for parentage

late 15c., "parental conduct," from Middle French parentage (12c.), from parent (see parent). Meaning "lineage" is from 1560s; figurative use from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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