daughter

noun
daugh·​ter | \ ˈdȯ-tər How to pronounce daughter (audio) , ˈdä- \
plural daughters

Definition of daughter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 anthropology
a : a female offspring especially of human parents
b : a female adopted child
c : a human female descendant
2 : something considered as a daughter the United States is a daughter of Great Britain
3 chemistry : an atomic species (see species entry 1 sense 1e) that is the product of the radioactive decay (see decay entry 2 sense 5a) of a given element radon, the daughter of radium

daughter

adjective

Definition of daughter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having the characteristics or relationship of a daughter (see daughter entry 1 sense 1)
2 biology : belonging to the first generation of offspring, organelles, or molecules produced by reproduction, division, or replication a daughter cell daughter DNA molecules

Other Words from daughter

Noun

daughterhood \ ˈdȯ-​tər-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce daughter (audio) , ˈdä-​ \ noun
daughterless \ ˈdȯ-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce daughter (audio) , ˈdä-​ \ adjective

Examples of daughter in a Sentence

Noun We have a daughter and two sons.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With the family’s pet lizard along for a shoulder ride, Devona Jones and her daughter Jordyn, 9, headed over to the Gail Borden Public Library parking lot Saturday morning to take part in a spring cleanup of the Fox River. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 Brenda and Allen’s 15-month-old daughter, Erica, was also killed with a knife. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 14 May 2022 DeShields’s daughter, Diamond DeShields — a 6-foot-1-inch guard — won the WNBA championship as a member of the Chicago Sky last October, just 21 months after having a tumor removed from her spinal cord. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 Pugh, 26, will star as the Emperor's daughter, Princess Irulan, while Butler, 30, is set to portray Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, the presumptive heir to the Harkonnen dynasty. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2022 His daughter, Mary, who had Down syndrome, was a client there. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 Floyd left behind a then-6-year-old daughter, Gianna, whose mother was a former girlfriend from Houston named Roxie Danielle Washington. Mark Whitaker, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Like most new moms, 26-year-old Veronica Gutierrez sees her life revolve around feeding her 3-month-old daughter, Alessandra. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 The lovers never reunited, but their daughter, Ine, was a pioneer. Rob Goss, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of daughter

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for daughter

Noun and Adjective

Middle English, doughter, from Old English dohtor; akin to Old High German tohter daughter, Greek thygatēr

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“Daughter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daughter. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for daughter

daughter

noun
daugh·​ter | \ ˈdȯ-tər How to pronounce daughter (audio) \

Kids Definition of daughter

1 : a female child or offspring
2 : a woman or girl associated with or thought of as a child of something (as a country, race, or religion) The book tells the stories of two daughters of Africa.

daughter

noun
daugh·​ter | \ ˈdȯt-ər How to pronounce daughter (audio) \

Medical Definition of daughter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a human female having the relation of child to a parent
b : a female offspring of an animal
2 : an atomic species that is the product of the radioactive decay of a given element radon is the daughter of radium

daughter

adjective

Medical Definition of daughter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having the characteristics or relationship of a daughter
2 : belonging to the first generation of offspring, organelles, or molecules produced by reproduction, division, or replication a daughter cell daughter chromosomes

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