Definitions for "Parent Category"
A category of products that includes several child categories, or sub-categories. For instance, "adhesives" might be the parent category of "tapes", "glues", and "spray adhesives".
category one level above another category along a drill up path. The parent value is usually a consolidation of all its children's values. For example, United States is the parent category of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, ..., etc.
When a category has one or more sub-categories, it's also called "parent" of those sub-categories. A category may have one or more parent categories.