birth certificate


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Those can include a driver’s license, a passport, or a birth certificate, which not all young people have access to. Amanda Gokee,, 12 Apr. 2023 North Carolina High School Athletics Association’s default policy requires students to participate in school sports based on the gender listed on their birth certificate, but transgender students can apply for an exemption. By Victor Skinner | The Center Square Contributor , Washington Examiner, 7 Apr. 2023 These include his birth certificate, report cards, bicycle and artifacts such as his sketchbooks and notes plus other ephemera. Lily Moayeri, Variety, 31 Mar. 2023 Wisconsin is one of 31 states that charges a fee to obtain a birth certificate, where there are no waivers for people experiencing homelessness. Natalie Eilbert, Journal Sentinel, 1 Dec. 2022 Just a blank space on a birth certificate. Deepti Hajela, Chicago Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 Altuve returned anyway, this time with a birth certificate, and turned enough heads that Houston signed him for $15,000. Josh Criswell, Chron, 14 Oct. 2022 Last year, the Ohio Supreme Court found that the prison warden had not produced a proper birth certificate with a seal and original signature of the local official who certified the document. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 5 Apr. 2023 Fuse Brown said the hospital should have been able to correct the error quickly with more information, such as a birth certificate or other document establishing that McLin was Keeling’s parent. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of birth certificate was in 1821

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“Birth certificate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Medical Definition

birth certificate

birth cer·​tif·​i·​cate -(ˌ)sər-ˈtif-i-kət How to pronounce birth certificate (audio)
: a copy of an official record of a person's date and place of birth and parentage

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