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 Hindus believe the site is the birthplace of Lord Ram, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. Manveena Suri, CNN, "In secular India, it's getting tougher to be Muslim," 19 Nov. 2019 To judge by the number of memorials, Glendora was the birthplace of the civil-rights movement. The Economist, "Memories of Emmett Till," 14 Nov. 2019 SeaWorld Orlando is the birthplace of a baby walrus, which was born on July 3 at the theme park. Dewayne Bevil,, "SeaWorld Orlando welcomes its 2nd baby walrus," 11 Oct. 2018 In the 1980s, the city was the birthplace of cutting-edge companies like Whole Foods (1980) and Dell (1984). Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "How Austin has become a hub for female-led startups," 18 Oct. 2019 Qatar could be the birthplace of a future Nepali international team, jokes Rakim. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Away from glitzy stadiums, Qatar migrants live for cricket," 5 Oct. 2019 Certainly, few cities can boast of being the birthplace of so many noteworthy figures. Paul Alexander, Washington Post, "The rise, fall and resurgence of Brooklyn," 17 Sep. 2019 The highest mountains in Western Europe, these glittering peaks are the birthplace of modern trekking. National Geographic, "Swiss and French Alps Expedition: Mountain Adventure," 15 Sep. 2019 Popular with protesters beyond Hong Kong, Telegram is blocked in multiple countries, including Durov's birthplace of Russia. James Griffiths, CNN, "Blocking social media would be 'the end of the open internet of Hong Kong.' It also wouldn't work," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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30 Nov 2019

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“Birthplace.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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How to pronounce birthplace (audio)

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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to constrict the range or activity of

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