From Middle French, from Old French parentage.
parentage (countable and uncountable, plural parentages)
- The identity and nature of one's parents, and in particular, the legitimacy of one's birth.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
- I am a Lord, for so my deedes ſhall prooue,
And yet a ſhepheard by my Parentage: […]
- 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
- English gentlemen, after all, do not discriminate against each other on the grounds of parentage, only of breeding.
- 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?
- (figurative) Origin; derivation.
identity of one's parents
parentage m (oblique plural parentages, nominative singular parentages, nominative plural parentage)