birth·​right | \ ˈbərth-ˌrīt How to pronounce birthright (audio) \

Definition of birthright

: a right, privilege, or possession to which a person is entitled by birth

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Examples of birthright in a Sentence

the freedom that is our birthright believed that the house was her birthright
Recent Examples on the Web Fighting for those who are desperate is Thomas’s birthright. Nell Scovell, Town & Country, 2 June 2021 But, on Monday, the organization announced its return, with birthright trips resuming in just a few weeks. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 27 Apr. 2021 The Wildlands Conservancy, which manages more than 20 preserves in the West, believes that access to nature is a birthright. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 European blackface and American minstrelsy alike assume that performing blackness is a white birthright—that the stage is a white domain in which blacks are not allowed to tell their own stories, or even enjoy basic dignities. Ayanna Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2021 One of the newer birthright programs, this 16-day trip launched in 2019 for 18- to 30-year-olds of Croatian descent. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Apr. 2021 However, when the roles of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are understood and when their stories are heard, it is realized that coffee has a birthright and inheritance. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2021 Currie’s mother, who hails from the Beth Salem Maroons taught him the meaning of family, birthright and spirituality. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 The image of being consumed by love—stirred to cast fear aside and claim pleasure and passion as his birthright—will hopefully spur others to do the same and live into the fullness of their humanity. Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of birthright

1535, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birthright was in 1535

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10 Jun 2021

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“Birthright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of birthright

: a right that you have because you were born into a particular position, family, place, etc., or because it is a right of all people


birth·​right | \ ˈbərth-ˌrīt How to pronounce birthright (audio) \

Kids Definition of birthright

: a right belonging to a person because of his or her birth


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