birthday

noun

birth·​day ˈbərth-ˌdā How to pronounce birthday (audio)
1
a
: the day of a person's birth
b
: a day of origin
2
: an anniversary of a birth
her 21st birthday

Examples of birthday in a Sentence

Her birthday is September 30th. Today is his 21st birthday. The company just celebrated its 50th birthday.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of birthday was in the 14th century

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“Birthday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birthday. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

birthday

noun
birth·​day ˈbərth-ˌdā How to pronounce birthday (audio)
1
: the day or anniversary of one's birth
2
: the day or anniversary of a beginning

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