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

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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 Nicole, who was married to L.A. Laker Sedale Threatt before Dre, had two children with the music mogul: son Truice, who was born in 1997, and daughter Truly, who was born in 2001. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, "Dr. Dre Has to ‘Advance’ His Estranged Wife $2 Million," 11 Jan. 2021 He is survived by his son, who lives in San Francisco; a daughter, Marguerite Sanders of Foster city; and three grandchildren, Prentice Sanders, Jessica Sanders and Bailey Sanders, all of Oakland. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Earl Sanders, first Black San Francisco police chief, dies at 83," 11 Jan. 2021 Lumpkin is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, several grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Fox News, "Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies from coronavirus," 10 Jan. 2021 Their daughter, then 11 months old, was carried down the aisle by her grandmother, Jenner. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Rollercoaster 2020 Which Culminated in Divorce Preparations," 6 Jan. 2021 Alabama coach Nick Saban’s daughter, Kristen Saban Setas, rushed up her thoughts on the subject. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Alabama coach Nick Saban’s daughter calls ‘BS on the COVID’ cases for Ohio State football," 5 Jan. 2021 Joseph’s daughter, Olive, used to lift young Lorna Rainey onto her lap and tell stories about the congressman. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman," 5 Jan. 2021 Clark, the Powells’ daughter, drove to Bryan, retrieved the dog and reunited happy pet and owner. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "A heart for four-legged friends of San Antonio’s homeless: Couple creates nonprofit to give health care to pet dogs of the homeless," 5 Jan. 2021 Johnson asks his daughter, who literally has her hands full of noodles. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "The Rock Just Shared the Cutest Video of His Daughter Spilling Dry Spaghetti Everywhere," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for daughter

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The first known use of daughter was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Daughter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daughter. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for daughter

daughter

noun
How to pronounce daughter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of daughter

: a female child

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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