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From Old French parent, from Latin parēns (parent).

Singular
parent

Plural
parents

parent (plural parents)

  1. One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father.
  2. A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child. (adoptive parent, foster parent)
  3. (biology) An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended.
  4. The source or origin of something.
  5. A group from which another group is formed, or which completely controls a subordinate group. (parent company)
  6. (computing, object oriented computer programming) The object from which a child or derived object is descended.

person from whom one is descended
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source or origin
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