Parent vs Parents what difference

what is difference between Parent and Parents

English

Etymology

From Middle English parent, borrowed from Anglo-Norman parent, Middle French parent, from Latin parentem, accusative of parēns (parent), present participle of parere (to breed, bring forth).

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɛəɹənt/, /ˈpeəɹənt/, /ˈpæɹənt/; enPR: pârʹ-ənt, părʹ-ənt
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɛəɹənt/; enPR: pârʹ-ənt

Noun

parent (plural parents)

  1. One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father. [from 15th c.]
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, First Folio 1623, I.2:
      my trust / Like a good parent, did beget of him / A falsehood in it’s contrarie, as great / As my trust was, which had indeede no limit, / A confidence sans bound.
    • And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind []
    • 2005, Siobhan O’Neill, The Guardian, 24 Aug 2005:
      The NHS is naturally pro-immunisation, reassuring parents that their babies can easily cope with these jabs.
    Synonyms: genitor, progenitor
    Antonyms: child, offspring
    Hyponyms: father, mother
  2. A surrogate mother
  3. A third person who has provided DNA samples in an IVF procedure in order to alter faulty genetic material
  4. A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a step-parent or adoptive parent.
  5. (obsolete) A relative. [15th-18th c.]
  6. The source or origin of something. [from 16th c.]
    • 1785, Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia:
      Misery is often the parent of the most affecting touches in poetry.
  7. (biology) An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended. [from 17th c.]
  8. (attributive) Sponsor, supporter, owner, protector.
    1. A parent company. [from 20th c.]
  9. (computing) The object from which a child or derived object is descended; a node superior to another node. [from 20th c.]
    Synonym: mother
    Antonym: child

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Verb

parent (third-person singular simple present parents, present participle parenting, simple past and past participle parented)

  1. To act as parent, to raise or rear.
    Synonyms: raise, rear
    • 2006, Natalie Bandlow, Parent to Child the Guide: How to Create a Comprehensive And Meaningful Journal to Prepare Your Child for Life, iUniverse (→ISBN), page 1:
      However, even with money and caregivers, the child is left without a parent and most likely without a plan for their emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being. A time will come when you will no longer be able to parent your child, period.

Derived terms

  • parenting

Translations

See also

  • foster

References

Anagrams

  • -pteran, Parten, arpent, enrapt, entrap, panter, trepan

Catalan

Etymology

From Old Occitan parent, from Latin parentem, accusative singular of parēns.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic) IPA(key): /pəˈɾent/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /pəˈɾen/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /paˈɾent/

Noun

parent m (plural parents, feminine parenta)

  1. relative (someone in the same family)

Derived terms

  • emparentar

Related terms

  • parentiu

Further reading

  • “parent” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “parent” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “parent” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “parent” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

French

Etymology 1

From Middle French parent, from Old French parent, from Latin parentem, accusative singular of parēns.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pa.ʁɑ̃/
    • (Quebec) IPA(key): [paˈʀã]

Noun

parent m (plural parents, feminine parente)

  1. relative, relation, family member
    • 1862, Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, I.1.iv:
      Une de ses parentes éloignées, madame la comtesse de Lô, laissait rarement échapper une occasion d’énumérer en sa présence ce qu’elle appelait «les espérances» de ses trois fils.

      One of his distant relatives, the countess of Lô, rarely missed an opportunity to list, in his presence, what she called her “hopes” for her three sons.
  2. (Louisiana, in the singular) parent
  3. (in the plural) ancestors
  4. (in the plural) parents
Derived terms

Adjective

parent (feminine singular parente, masculine plural parents, feminine plural parentes)

  1. related
  2. similar
Derived terms

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /paʁ/
  • Homophones: pare, pares

Verb

parent

  1. third-person plural present indicative of parer
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of parer

Further reading

  • “parent” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • arpent, râpent

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈpa.rent/, [ˈpäɾɛn̪t̪]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈpa.rent/, [ˈpɑːɾɛn̪t̪]

Verb 1

parent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of parō

Verb 2

parent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of pareō

Middle French

Etymology

From Old French parent.

Noun

parent m (plural parens)

  1. parent

Descendants

  • French: parent

Norman

Alternative forms

  • pathent (Jersey)

Etymology

From Old French parent, from Latin parēns, parentem, from pariō, parere (bring forth, give birth to, produce).

Noun

parent m (plural parents)

  1. (Guernsey) parent
    Hyponyms: mère, père

Old French

Etymology

From Latin parēns, parentem.

Noun

parent m (oblique plural parenz or parentz, nominative singular parenz or parentz, nominative plural parent)

  1. parent

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Middle English: parent
    • English: parent
  • Middle French: parent
    • French: parent
  • Norman: parent (Guernsey), pathent (Jersey)


English

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɛɹənts/, /ˈpæɹənts/; enPR: pârʹ-ənts, părʹ-ənts
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɛəɹənts/; enPR: pârʹ-ənts

Noun

parents

  1. plural of parent
    I like hanging out with my parents, but my friends think it’s weird.

Synonyms

  • folks
  • parentals
  • old fogies
  • ‘rents

Translations

Verb

parents

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of parent

Anagrams

  • Napster, Partens, arpents, entraps, panters, pastern, persant, trepans

Catalan

Noun

parents

  1. plural of parent

French

Alternative forms

  • (archaic) parens

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pa.ʁɑ̃/

Noun

parents m

  1. plural of parent

Anagrams

  • arpents

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