birth·​place | \ ˈbərth-ˌplās How to pronounce birthplace (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Argentina, the birthplace of Pope Francis, has seen a gradual rise in agnosticism in recent years, although 92% of Argentinians still identify as Roman Catholic, according to the CIA. Diego Laje And Kara Fox, CNN, "Argentina's Senate approves historic bill to legalize abortion," 30 Dec. 2020 Christmas traditions were also scaled back in other areas of the globe, including in Bethlehem, West Bank, considered the birthplace of Christ, and in Australia, Colombia, Brazil, Greece and the Philippines, according to The Associated Press. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Pope Francis celebrates low-key Christmas Eve Mass amid coronavirus restrictions," 25 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus and the nativity scene, small groups ushered in Christmaswith marching bands, bagpipes and a large Christmas tree in Manger Square. Adela Suliman, NBC News, "Pope warns against vaccine nationalism as Christians celebrate subdued Christmas," 25 Dec. 2020 The government has spent the past few months issuing target after goal after grandiose statement, all intended to portray the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution as a leader on the path to global decarbonisation. The Economist, "Britain excels at announcing climate targets," 12 Dec. 2020 The motel where the shooting happened is the Stratford Inn, recalling Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon. CBS News, "Fatal shooting of Black teen roils liberal Oregon town," 4 Dec. 2020 The presence of a medieval-era Mughal dome in the temple town of Ayodhya — considered the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram — was indicative of the subcontinent’s syncretic history and was no doubt for that reason an affront to Hindu nationalists. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 The single, which is a part of Da Rocinha 4, pays tribute to the largest favela in Brazil and highlights the birthplace of baile funk, one of Sango’s biggest influences. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Steve Arrington’s Playlist Is Gonna Funk You Up Good," 20 Nov. 2020 Trump will also hold an election-eve rally in Biden’s birthplace of Scranton. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "Trump Sets Commission on ‘Patriotic Education’: Campaign Update," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of birthplace

1610, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birthplace was in 1610

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“Birthplace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of birthplace

: the place where someone was born or where something began


birth·​place | \ ˈbərth-ˌplās How to pronounce birthplace (audio) \

Kids Definition of birthplace

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

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