daughter

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

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

Examples of daughter in a Sentence

Noun We have a daughter and two sons.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Barrett’s husband is a retired lieutenant colonel; Paula is married to a retired command sergeant major, with two daughters in the Army Reserve. BostonGlobe.com, "Franklin natives are first sisters to become US Army generals - The Boston Globe," 18 Nov. 2019 The 29-year-old country singer started off the evening by turning heads on the red carpet with three dates: His wife Lauren Akins, and their two adorable daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Oops! Thomas Rhett Messed Up the Lyrics to His Own Song at the CMA Awards," 17 Nov. 2019 Stephen leaves behind his two daughters, Ashley Chaia and Stephanie Chaia, both of Manchester, his beloved dog Monty, and many loving family members and friends. courant.com, "Stephen W. Chaia," 17 Nov. 2019 He is survived by his wife, Lynda, Maitland, and two daughters Lauren, Orlando, & Lesley, Takoma Park, Maryland. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/15," 15 Nov. 2019 A few weekends ago, with my husband out of town, my dad kindly agreed to accompany me and my two daughters, ages 3 and 6, on a children’s birthday party tour that spanned Manhattan. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "7 Tips For Planning a Kids’ Birthday Party Your Fellow Parents Will Appreciate," 15 Nov. 2019 His two daughters, both in their early 30s, were also opposed to the race, but are now said to be more amenable. Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, joins Democratic presidential contest," 14 Nov. 2019 Prior to the show, Rhett walked the red carpet with his family of four — soon to be five, as wife Lauren Akins is pregnant — including his two daughters Willa Gray and Ada James. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Thomas Rhett Delivers Dazzling Rendition of 'Remember You Young' at the 2019 CMA Awards," 13 Nov. 2019 Hapgood is charged with manslaughter in the death of Kenny Mitchel, who Hapgood claims attacked him at a resort on the island in April in front of his two daughters. Errol Barnett, CBS News, "Anguilla officials file for arrest warrant for "fugitive" American charged in hotel worker's death," 12 Nov. 2019

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

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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Daughter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daughter. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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