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Definition of Parent

(noun) An individual’s mother, father, or carer via adoption, blood (consanguinity), or fictiveness.

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Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: par·ent

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /pAIR-uhnt/
  • British English – /pEUH-ruhnt/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈpɛr(ə)nt/
  • British English – /ˈpɛːrənt/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: parents
  • A biological parent is a genitor.

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McNamee, Stephen J., and Robert K. Miller, Jr. 2013. The Meritocracy Myth. 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Strong, Bryan, Christine DeVault, and Theodore F. Cohen. 2011. The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society. 11th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning.

Cite the Definition of Parent

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “parent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/parent/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

parent. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/parent/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “parent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/parent/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“parent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Jul. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/parent/>.