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

Examples of birthright in a Sentence

the freedom that is our birthright believed that the house was her birthright
Recent Examples on the Web The American Constitution hallows the ancient principles of English law, fought over for centuries, as a birthright for Americans. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Water was in our blood, and therefore, swimming was our birthright. Ineye Komonibo,, 5 July 2022 The Fourteenth Amendment established birthright citizenship, including the formerly enslaved as full members of the American nation. Kermit Roosevelt Iii, Time, 16 May 2022 For a kid from Lowell, being a Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, and Celtics diehard was a birthright. Globe Staff,, 29 June 2022 In Richardson’s words, pleasure is our birthright as Black women. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 10 June 2022 Her other, less appealing birthright was a hole in the heart. Eric Boodman, STAT, 18 Feb. 2022 This seemed to me to be the most dignified form of fandom, a birthright uncorrupted by capital, or by the fact of winning or losing at all. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 This is fairly remarkable in Kenyan fiction, where adventure is often written as the birthright of boys and girls exist mostly as harridans, cautioning restraint or doing all of the clean-up. Nanjala Nyabola, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of birthright

1535, in the meaning defined above

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“Birthright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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