birth certificate


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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The lawsuit was originally filed against the 2016 law HB2, which in many public buildings required transgender people to use restrooms matching their birth certificates. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Court: Fight can proceed over ‘bathroom bill’ replacement," 1 Oct. 2018 During the March confrontation with Pomeroy, Ussery demanded Pomeroy produce his daughter’s birth certificate. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Sutherland Springs conspiracy theorist under federal custody," 23 May 2018 In December 2016, after two months of presenting her birth certificate, adoption papers and other paperwork to prove where she was born, Brandt was given a South Korean passport. JerÉ Longman And Chang W. Lee, New York Times, "South Korea Got the Winter Games. Then It Needed More Olympians.," 9 Feb. 2018 He was named Ettore, though his birth certificate named him Ettorino, which means Little Ettore, the Johnsons write. Ron Dungan, azcentral, "The story behind Ted DeGrazia and how he became a famous Arizona artist," 16 Jan. 2016 When he was born, Trump was brought to the house right afterwards, and the address is listed on his birth certificate. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Donald Trump's Childhood Home Is on the Market for $2.9 Million," 12 Feb. 2019 Well, actually, the birth certificate thing was pretty bad. Fox News, "Kavanaugh accused: Where does the burden of proof lie?," 19 Sep. 2018 Jerome Corsi, a conservative writer and conspiracy theorist who questioned President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and wrote for the website Infowars, was subpoenaed and went in for testimony in September. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Robert Mueller sure still is interested in Roger Stone," 2 Nov. 2018 Everything - photographs, birth certificates, memories - it's all gone. CBS News, "Houses burn "like dominoes" as wildfires menace U.S. West," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of birth certificate

1822, in the meaning defined above

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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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