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 (pâr′ənt, păr′-)
a. A female person whose egg unites with a sperm or a male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child or the birth of a child.
b. A female person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child except when someone else has legal rights to the child.
c. A person who adopts a child.
d. A person who raises a child.
2. An ancestor; a progenitor.
3. An organism that produces or generates offspring.
4. A guardian; a protector.
5. A parent company.
6. A source or cause; an origin: Despair is the parent of rebellion.
v. par·ent·ed, par·ent·ing, par·ents
1. To act as a parent to; raise and nurture: "A genitor who does not parent the child is not its parent" (Ashley Montagu).
2. To cause to come into existence; originate.
To act as a parent.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin parēns, parent-, from past active participle of parere, to give birth; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

par′ent·hood′ n.


  1. A childless person is like dead —Talmud
  2. The honor due to parents is like the honor due to God —The Holy Bible/Exodus
  3. Children, grown up, now, and moved away … though they had once occupied her like a house, possessing her to the fingertips —Helen Hudson
  4. The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction —Milton R. Sapirstein
  5. (Maybe I’ve got this secret kid. Chances are I have, ‘cause) I probably got a sperm count like the national deficit —Jane Wagner
  6. Love them [daughters] as sheep are loved by the shepherd —Phyllis McGinley
  7. Marriage without children … like a garden without fruit —Phyllis Bottome

    Compare this with the German proverb below, beginning with Wedlock.


  8. Mother’s virtues … like a graft of a late fruit on an early apple or pear tree, do not ripen in her children until very late in the season —Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  9. A mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law in one house are like two cats in a bag —Yiddish proverb
  10. A mother-in-law is like the dry rot; far easier to get into a house than to get out again —Punch
  11. Not to bear children … was like a hen that did not lay eggs or a cow that was sterile or a tree that never came into blossom. —H. E. Bates
  12. Raising a child is like reading a very long mystery story; you have to wait for a generation to see how it turns out —Anon
  13. Realised [after giving birth] the responsibility of launching the little creature labelled by name not of its own choosing, like launching a battleship, only instead of turrets and decks and guns she had to do with the miraculous tissue of flesh and brain —Vita Sackville-West
  14. Sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child —William Shakespeare

    This is King Lear’s famous lament.


  15. The umbilical cord stretches like a nine-hundred-and-some-mile leash —Peter De Vries
  16. Wedlock without children [is like] a world without sun —German proverb
  17. A woman … her heart is like an empty nest, if she has not a child —Henry Van Dyke
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parenthood - the state of being a parentparenthood - the state of being a parent; "to everyone's surprise, parenthood reformed the man"
adulthood - the state (and responsibilities) of a person who has attained maturity


noun fatherhood or motherhood, parenting, rearing, bringing up, nurturing, upbringing, child rearing, baby or child care, fathering or mothering She may not feel ready for the responsibilities of parenthood.
"Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories" [John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester]
أبُوَّه، والِدِيَّه
szülõi szerep


[ˈpɛərənthʊd] Npaternidad f
planned parenthoodplanificación f familiar, paternidad f responsable


[ˈpɛərənthʊd] nparentalité f
young people facing the new responsibility of parenthood → les jeunes face aux responsabilités de la parentalité


nElternschaft f; the joys of parenthooddie Vater-/Mutterfreuden pl; the idea of parenthood frightened hersie schrak zurück vor dem Gedanken, Mutter zu sein


[ˈpɛərnthʊd] npaternità (or maternità)


(ˈpeərənt) noun
1. one of the two persons etc (one male and one female) who are jointly the cause of one's birth.
2. a person with the legal position of a mother or father eg by adoption.
ˈparentage (-tidʒ) noun
family or ancestry. a man of unknown parentage.
parental (pəˈrentl) adjective
parental responsibility.
ˈparenthood noun
the state of being a parent.


n. paternidad o maternidad.


n paternidad f, maternidad f, (el) tener hijos
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