[pair-uh nt, par-] /ˈpɛər ənt, ˈpær-/
a father or a mother.
an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor.
a source, origin, or cause.
a protector or guardian.
Biology. any organism that produces or generates another.
Physics. the first nuclide in a radioactive series.
being the original source:
a parent organization.
Biology. pertaining to an organism, cell, or complex molecular structure that generates or produces another:
parent cell; parent DNA.
verb (used with object)
to be or act as parent of:
to parent children with both love and discipline.
a father or mother
a person acting as a father or mother; guardian
(rare) an ancestor
a source or cause
early 15c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French parent “father, parent, relative, kin” (11c.), from Latin parentem (nominative parens) “father or mother, ancestor,” noun use of present participle of parere “bring forth, give birth to, produce,” from PIE root *pere- “to bring forth” (see pare). Began to replace native elder after c.1500.
1660s, from parent (n.). Related: Parented; parenting.
parent par·ent (pâr’ənt, pār’-)
v. par·ent·ed, par·ent·ing, par·ents
[puh-ren-tl] /pəˈrɛn tl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a . 2. proper to or characteristic of a : parental feelings. 3. having the relation of a . 4. Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations preceding the filial generation, each generation being designated by a P followed by a subscript number indicating its place […]
[pahr-luh-men-tuh-ree, -tree or, sometimes, pahrl-yuh-] /ˌpɑr ləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri or, sometimes, ˌpɑrl yə-/ adjective 1. of or relating to a or any of its members. 2. enacted or established by a . 3. having a . 4. of the nature of a . 5. in accordance with the formal rules governing the methods of […]
[puh-roh-kee-uh l] /pəˈroʊ ki əl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or financially supported by one or more church parishes: parochial churches in Great Britain. 2. of or relating to parochial schools or the education they provide. 3. very limited or narrow in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial views; a parochial mentality. /pəˈrəʊkɪəl/ adjective 1. narrow […]
[non-par-uh s] /nɒnˈpær əs/ adjective, Physiology. 1. having borne no children. /nɒnˈpærəs/ adjective 1. never having given birth