birth·​place | \ˈbərth-ˌplās \

Definition of birthplace 

: place of birth or origin

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Examples of birthplace in a Sentence

He visited his grandmother's birthplace. New Orleans is regarded as the birthplace of jazz.

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With Syrian government forces raising the national flag on Thursday over Dara’a, birthplace of the revolt against Mr. Assad, the endgame of the Syrian civil war seemed to be fast approaching. New York Times, "Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria," 12 July 2018 That evening, Prime Minister Theresa May will host a black tie dinner with the Trumps at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and will celebrate the business links between the two nations. Simon Perry,, "Donald and Melania Trump Are 'Really Looking Forward' to Meeting Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle," 6 July 2018 The suburb of Edina—arguably the birthplace of modern suburbia as the home of America’s first enclosed shopping mall—witnessed heated debate over plans for a high-rise apartment building near the mall. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 There is something sincerely poetic about commerce’s new power returning to the suburbs, the birthplace of malls and their distinctive culture. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 Springfield calls itself the official birthplace of Route 66, a blue highway with Chicago, Illinois, at one end and Santa Monica, California at the other. Pam Mandel, Longreads, "Exodus in the Ozarks," 5 June 2018 Republicans have held a lock for decades on congressional seats in Orange County, the once-conservative birthplace of the new American right. Maeve Reston, CNN, "How a surge of progressive energy could backfire on Democrats in California," 31 May 2018 Wander among sculptures in the botanical gardens of the distillery Habitation Clément, the birthplace of rhum agricole. Nneya Richards, Vogue, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Lie on the Beach in Martinique," 6 Mar. 2018 Parade: Drawing motorcycle fanatics, community members and thousands of riders, the free-to-attend parade is a special celebration of the birthplace of Harley-Davidson. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 picks for Harley’s 115th Labor Day anniversary," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of birthplace

1610, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of birthplace

: the place where someone was born or where something began


birth·​place | \ˈbərth-ˌplās \

Kids Definition of birthplace

: the place where a person was born or where something began the birthplace of freedom

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