ˈbȯrn-ə-ˈgen How to pronounce born-again (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a usually Christian person who has made a renewed or confirmed commitment of faith especially after an intense religious experience
: having returned to or newly adopted an activity, a conviction, or a persona especially with a proselytizing zeal
a born-again conservative

Word History


from the verse "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God" John 3:3 (King James Version)

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of born-again was in 1861

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Cite this Entry

“Born-again.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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