daugh·​ter | \ˈdȯ-tər, ˈdä-\

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 6a) of a given element radon, the daughter of radium



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

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Other Words from daughter


daughterless \-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of daughter in a Sentence


We have a daughter and two sons.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

She is survived by a sister, two daughters and a granddaughter. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "When Advertising Was a Man’s World, Jane Maas Was a Leading Woman," 30 Nov. 2018 The youngest of four until her father remarried and had two more daughters, Sarah loved being around her big family and made everything more fun, Roy and Amber Radney said in phone interviews with The Associated Press on Thursday. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Georgia girl, 11, dies as Michael hurls debris through roof," 12 Oct. 2018 And then for my 60th, my daughter threw me a great, great party, a surprise, down at the Box [a cabaret in New York]. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Donna Karan on Turning 70, the Source of Her Social Conscience, and How She Gets It All Done," 2 Oct. 2018 Lizbeth Ortega’s youngest daughter, Liliana, stopped talking when Zumiko went missing. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Molly McCook has had to weather quite the storm of backlash after taking on the role of middle daughter, Mandy, on Last Man Standing. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Shut Down Molly McCook's Haters After Recast Drama," 29 Oct. 2018 Jackie also wrote about their daughter Caroline, who was born in 1957 after a series of difficult pregnancies. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy's Love Letter to JFK Offers a Rare Glimpse Into Their Marriage," 29 Oct. 2018 At seven months pregnant, Owen was traveling solo back to the U.K. with her four-year old daughter, Claire, in tow; husband Duncan was still at home in Africa, and would follow closer to the birth. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018 And fan-favorite Judy Greer stars as Curtis's daughter, Karen Strode, which is also awesome. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "The Custom Basement In 'Halloween' Is The Best Part Of This Sequel," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of daughter


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


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for daughter


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


see daughter entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of daughter

: a female child


daugh·​ter | \ˈdȯ-tər \

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.


daugh·​ter | \ˈdȯt-ər \

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



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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