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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin, present participle of parere 'to give birth to'

parent

noun
     
Related topics: Family
par‧ent S1 W1 [countable]
1SSF the father or mother of a person or animal:
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.
birth parent

; ➔ foster parents

at foster2 (3)

; ➔ lone parent

at lone (2), one-parent family, single parent
2 something that produces other things of the same type:
New shoots appear near the parent plant.
3 a company which owns a smaller company or organization:
Land Rover's new parent

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