daughter

noun
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

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

daughterless \-ləs \ adjective

Examples of daughter in a Sentence

Noun

We have a daughter and two sons.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

She was born on Nov. 16, 1951 in Toronto, Canada, the daughter of Irma and David Walfish. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 In fact, there’s more attention on the daughter of the Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David than ever before. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Why Be Engaged When You Can Be An Ex?," 13 July 2018 Police have said the working theory is that their exposure was linked to the earlier Novichok attack in March on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the city of Salisbury. NBC News, "U.K. man exposed to Novichok is now conscious," 10 July 2018 Former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, were poisoned four months ago in what British authorities deemed a deliberate attack. William Booth, Anchorage Daily News, "Woman exposed to nerve agent in southern England dies; police launch murder investigation," 9 July 2018 Britain blames the Russian state for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter — an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "UK police cite ‘high dose’ in nerve agent death," 9 July 2018 The same substance was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in an attack that occurred a few miles away earlier this year. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "British Woman Dies After Being Exposed to Nerve Agent Used on Former Russian Spy," 9 July 2018 Police said tests showed the pair was exposed to Novichok, the same type of nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury in March. BostonGlobe.com, "2 more in England exposed to same nerve agent that sickened spy," 8 July 2018 Her death comes four months after the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "U.K. Opens Murder Probe After Woman Exposed to Nerve Agent Dies," 8 July 2018

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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

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

Adjective

see daughter entry 1

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Phrases Related to daughter

prodigal son/daughter

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daughter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of daughter

: a female child

daughter

noun
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.

daughter

noun
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

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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