birth certificate


Definition of birth certificate

: a copy of an official record of a person's date and place of birth and parentage

Examples of birth certificate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web State lawmakers on Sunday approved a measure that requires transgender athletes to play on teams that align with the gender listed on their original birth certificate, not their current gender identity. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2021 The University Interscholastic League, which governs public school sports in Texas, already requires that an athlete’s gender be determined by their birth certificate. Allyson Waller, Chron, 7 Oct. 2021 When Obama released his birth certificate, Trump’s candidacy fell apart. Chris Lamb, The Conversation, 15 Sep. 2021 This is controlled by the Gender Recognition Act and is how adult trans men and women update the gender marker on their birth certificate. Vic Parsons,, 5 Sep. 2021 In 2018, the couple tried to establish both women as equal parents on the birth certificate of one son, but DHHS denied the application and denied the request again after a hearing, the release states. Diane Herbst,, 8 Oct. 2021 When their daughter was born in March 2018, Ashley didn't inform Doug and did not put his name on the birth certificate. Paul Larosa, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 The White House releases Obama’s original birth certificate, seeking to put an end to persistent rumors that he was not born in the United States. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 This lifestyle shift also sometimes requires a modification in their names, as seen on their new daughter Lilibet's birth certificate. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of birth certificate

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birth certificate was in 1821

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23 Nov 2021

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“Birth certificate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of birth certificate

: an official document that gives information about a person's birth (such as the person's name, the names of the parents, and the time and place where the birth occurred)

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birth cer·​tif·​i·​cate | \ -(ˌ)sər-ˈtif-i-kət How to pronounce birth certificate (audio) \

Medical Definition of birth certificate

: a copy of an official record of a person's date and place of birth and parentage

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