noun, often attributive \ˈbərth\

: the time when a baby comes out from the body of its mother

: the beginning or origin of something

—used to describe the kind of family a person comes from

Full Definition of BIRTH

a :  the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent
b :  the act or process of bringing forth young from the womb
:  a state resulting from being born especially at a particular time or place <a Southerner by birth>
a :  lineage, extraction
b :  high or noble birth
a archaic :  one that is born
b :  beginning, start

Examples of BIRTH

  1. He was present at the birth of his daughter.
  2. The hospital reported an increase in premature births.
  3. Please indicate your date of birth.
  4. the period from birth to adolescence
  5. a disease that is present at birth
  6. the birth of the solar system
  7. the birth of the blues
  8. We are witnessing the birth of a new era.

Origin of BIRTH

Middle English, from Old Norse byrth; akin to Old English beran
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition

Rhymes with BIRTH



Definition of BIRTH

transitive verb
chiefly dialect :  to bring forth
a :  to give rise to :  originate
b :  to give birth to
intransitive verb
:  to bring forth or be brought forth as a child or young

Examples of BIRTH

  1. <back in those days a woman her age would have birthed several children>

First Known Use of BIRTH


Related to BIRTH



Definition of BIRTH

:  biological 3 <his birth mother>

Examples of BIRTH

  1. <argued that the birth mother had not been informed of all of her options at the time of the adoption>

First Known Use of BIRTH


Related to BIRTH

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic
BIRTH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈbərth\

Definition of BIRTH for Kids

:  the coming of a new individual from the body of its parent
:  the act of bringing into life
:  lineage 1 <a person of noble birth>
:  origin 3 <the birth of a star>
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