birth·place | \ ˈbərth-ˌplās \

Definition of birthplace 

: place of birth or origin

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

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Next door in the Adams National Historical Park is the birthplace of his son, John Quincy Adams., "Historic homes we treasure," 22 June 2018 After arriving in Britain on Thursday afternoon, Trump had dinner at Winston Churchill's birthplace, Blenheim Palace, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) outside London. Danica Kirka, Fox News, "Demonstrators plan to mock Trump with giant balloon," 13 July 2018 But the best place to start is the birthplace of legal weed — Colorado, where voters legalized marijuana for adult recreational use in 2012 and the first sales were made on Jan. 1, 2014. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "5 things I found surprising about legal marijuana in Colorado," 12 July 2018 The palace said, in addition to the Commonwealth flowers, Markle also selected two other plants on the veil: Wintersweet and, in a nod to the bride’s birthplace, the California poppy., "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are married in Windsor," 19 May 2018 The road and history connect nine towns in rural Kansas -- if not the birthplace of basketball, then the place where the game took its first steps, writes Kansas City Star reporter Kent Babb. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Indianapolis mayor says 'Indiana is the center of the basketball universe' | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 The discovery is considered valuable in understanding Uranus' birthplace, evolution and refining models of planetary migrations, reported Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Scientists now know how Uranus smells. Rotten eggs is the polite way to say it. | Charlotte Observer," 24 Apr. 2018 Ambitions appeared to be thwarted for so long by a culture of entitlement as England gloried in the hype and status of being the birthplace of soccer without backing it up with results. Rob Harris,, "After so much humiliation, England's World Cup team a source of national pride," 7 July 2018 This is also the birthplace of agedashi mozzarella. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 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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the setting in which something occurs

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