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daughter

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noun daugh·ter \ ˈdȯ-tər , ˈdä- \

Definition of daughter

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 1species 1e) that is the product of the radioactive decay (see 2decay 6a) of a given element
  • radon, the daughter of radium

daughterless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of daughter in a Sentence

  1. We have a daughter and two sons.

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Origin and Etymology of daughter

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


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daughter

adjective

Definition of daughter

1 :having the characteristics or relationship of a daughter (see 1daughter 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

Origin and Etymology of daughter

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DAUGHTER Defined for English Language Learners

daughter

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noun

Definition of daughter for English Language Learners

  • : a female child


DAUGHTER Defined for Kids

daughter

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noun daugh·ter \ ˈdȯ-tər \

Definition of daughter for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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daughter

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noun daugh·ter \ ˈdȯt-ər \

medical Definition of daughter

1 a :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

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daughter

adjective

medical Definition of daughter

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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