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 The truth is, our own birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence, was designed to sail high, flash across the sky, and crack open a brutally racist world. Michael D. Capaldi, National Review, "The Lies We’re Told about the American Story," 24 Oct. 2020 Tuberville wanted to see a detailed birth certificate. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Ex-Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville's race for US Senate seat short on substance," 22 Oct. 2020 The accident report said the man was carrying his birth certificate on him when he was struck and hospital workers later located it. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Man killed by speeding hit-and-run driver in East Garfield Park," 15 Oct. 2020 Or two forms of identification that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence that the voter resides in the voting precinct, such as a birth certificate or Social Security card. CBS News, "How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election?," 18 Sep. 2020 In soccer, opposing parents asked to see his birth certificate, resulting in him being moved up. oregonlive, "Former Oregon Ducks safety Jevon Holland is taking his talent and unabashed social consciousness to the NFL: ‘I’m actually human before I’m a football player’," 7 Oct. 2020 New players must register in the office with a utility bill and the child's birth certificate. Staff Report,, "Clay shooting, outdoor fall fests and pumpkin patches in St. Tammany," 4 Oct. 2020 This can be satisfied by entering a valid driver's license number on your voter registration form or by submitting a copy of certain documents, such as a birth certificate, passport, naturalization papers or tribal enrollment number. Grace Palmieri, The Arizona Republic, "Early voting, mail-in ballots, registration and more: Your Arizona voting questions answered," 1 Oct. 2020 New players must register in the office, and a utility bill and the child's birth certificate are required at registration. Staff Report,, "Registration is underway to play youth winter basketball at Pelican Park," 27 Sep. 2020

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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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29 Oct 2020

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“Birth certificate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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