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 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 \ 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

Pitts was handcuffed and questioned behind a police car while other officers searched the house for a dead body — only to find Pitts' wife, older daughter and her spouse, and 3-year-old granddaughter, all alive and well. Fox News, "Hoax 911 call accused Pulitzer-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. of killing his wife, police say," 2 July 2019 To make ends meet, wives and daughters who would have been confined to the home in villages and small towns go out in pursuit of work. P.z. | Istanbul, The Economist, "In Turkey, demography is a brake on Islamisation," 1 July 2019 If this daughter won't relinquish her firearm -- this houseguest should take her gun and find another place to live. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Let’s talk about gun violence," 1 July 2019 If this daughter won’t relinquish her firearm – this houseguest should take her gun and find another place to live. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 1 July 2019 If this daughter won’t relinquish her firearm, this houseguest should take her gun and find another place to live. Amy Dickinson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Amy: Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 30 June 2019 Judy Warren Originally played by Sterling Jerins, the Warren's daughter Judy will be portrayed by The Haunting of Hill House's McKenna Grace in Annabelle Comes Home. Rosie Knight, refinery29.com, "Where We Left Off With The Conjuring Crew Ahead Of Annabelle Comes Home," 30 June 2019 Many Twitter users characterized the attempts by the president's daughters to join the conversation as embarrassing. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'Being someone’s daughter' not a 'qualification': Ocasio-Cortez slams Ivanka Trump's diplomatic role," 30 June 2019 The fall left her with a cut on her left leg, according to her son and daughter-in-law, Wade and Traci Fleming, who were with her that day. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Florida woman dies of flesh-eating bacteria, family says," 30 June 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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daughter

noun

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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