parentage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, from Old French parentage

Noun[edit]

parentage (countable and uncountable, plural parentages)

  1. The identity and nature of one's parents, and in particular, the legitimacy of one's birth.
  2. The social quality of one's class in society.
    • 1608, Shakespeare, Pericles, Act 5, Scene 1:
      My fortunes -- parentage -- good parentage -- To equal mine! -- was it not thus? What say you?
  3. origin; derivation

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

parent +‎ -age

Noun[edit]

parentage m (oblique plural parentages, nominative singular parentages, nominative plural parentage)

  1. bloodline, heritage
    Jeo sui de bon parentage - I am of noble birth

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