|Origin:||Latin, present participle of parere 'to give birth to'|
par‧ent S1 W1 [countable]
the father or mother of a person or animal: ➔ birth parent
Children under fourteen should be accompanied by a parent.
The eggs are guarded by both parents.
Melissa's spending the weekend at her parents' house.
; ➔ foster parentsat foster2 (3)
; ➔ lone parentat lone (2), one-parent family, single parent
something that produces other things of the same type:
New shoots appear near the parent plant.
a company which owns a smaller company or organization:
Land Rover's new parent