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Historically the German word Eltern (“parents”) is a nominalized comparative of alt (“old”); it appears in all West Germanic languages as a designation of an individual’s direct progenitors (cf. Eng. one’s “elders”). Eltern is related to Latin alere (“nourish, raise”) and means roughly “adult” [15. 16 f., 164]. Another European term, which in English takes the form parents, is derived from Latin parere (“…

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Gestrich, Andreas, “Parents”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018702>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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