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Parents

birth father

noun

the man who was someone’s father when they were born rather than the man who has adopted them

birth mother

noun

the woman who gave birth to someone, rather than the woman who has adopted them

birth parent

noun

one of the parents someone had when they were born, rather than one of the parents who adopted them

custodial parent

noun

the parent who has legal custody of a child

dad

noun

your father

daddy

noun

your father. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children

empty nester

noun

a parent whose children are adults and have left their parents’ home

father

noun

your male parent. People often call their father Dad or, especially if they are young children, Daddy. In the past, people often called their father Father or Papa

fatherhood

noun

the state of being a father

folks

noun

someone’s parents

ma

noun

your mother

mam

noun

a word for mother used in some parts of the UK

mama

noun

a mother. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children.

mamma

another spelling of mama

mammy

noun

a word for mother used in some parts of the UK

mater

noun

mother

maternal

adjective

relating to being a mother

maternity

noun

the state of being a mother

matriarchal

adjective

relating to mothers

mom

noun

your mother

mommy

noun

a mother. This word is used mainly by children, or when talking to children. The British word is mummy.

mother

noun

your female parent. People often call their mother Mum or, especially if they are children, Mummy. In the past, people called their mother Mother or Mama

motherhood

noun

the state of being a mother

motherly

adjective

typical of a good mother

mum

noun

a mother. This word is used by people to talk about or talk to their mother. The American word is mom

mummy

noun

a mother. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children The American word is mommy.

natural

adjective

natural parents are the ones you were born to

old woman

noun

your mother or wife. This word offends some people.

papa

noun

your father. In British English, this word is very old-fashioned or formal, but in American English it is a common word.

parent

noun

a mother or father

parentage

noun

your parents considered as belonging to a particular country, religion, or social class

parental

adjective

involving or provided by parents

parenthood

noun

the condition and situation of being a parent

parenting

noun

the activities involved in being a parent and bringing up children

pater

noun

an old or humorous word meaning ‘father’

paternal

adjective

relating to being a father

paternity

noun

the fact of being the father of a child

pop

noun

father

poppa

noun

papa

progenitor

noun

a parent

rents

noun

someone’s parents

single parent

noun

a parent who looks after their children alone, without a partner, while they are growing up

soccer mom

noun

a mother who takes her children to activities after school such as football matches. Journalists often talk about this group and their opinions about voting and politics in the US when referring to middle-class views.

tiger mother

noun

a very strict mother who makes her children work particularly hard and restricts their free time so that they always achieve the highest grades as well as achieving in other areas such as sport and music

motherliness

noun

full-time mother

a woman who does not have a job and spends all her time looking after her children

the/my/his etc old man

someone’s father or husband. This word offends some people

someone’s biological father/mother/parent

someone’s natural father or mother, rather than a man or woman who has adopted them (=become their legal parent)

stay-at-home mom/dad

a parent who stays at home to look after their children instead of working outside the home

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