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 \ -​ləs How to pronounce daughterless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of daughter in a Sentence

Noun

We have a daughter and two sons.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Georgina Bloomberg Bloomberg's younger daughter clearly feels more comfortable in the limelight. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Michael Bloomberg's Daughters Think of His Decision Not to Run for President," 9 Mar. 2019 Scattered across a forested campus between Canggu and Ubud, the open classrooms are built out of sustainably harvested bamboo bent into soaring, cathedral-like spires and designed by Hardy’s daughter Elora, founder of the architecture firm Ibuku. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The master bedroom is wrapped in a fabric called Lu-Si from the Turkish company Tulu, and the daughter’s room is in a Pierre Frey safari print, which felt both sophisticated and super cheerful. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A New York Pied-à-terre Filled with Rich Colors, Layered Patterns and Upholstered Surfaces," 19 Oct. 2018 It’s time for the Baxter’s middle daughter to leave the nest, but mom Vanessa isn’t ready for her little girl to fly the coop. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Hints a Baxter Is Moving Out and It Will Change Everything," 22 Feb. 2019 The young couple got married on May 1, 2004 and welcomed daughter Isabella on July 3, 2004. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley and His Wife Chrishell Have the Best Love Story," 19 Feb. 2019 Ben never even meets Emma, Ross' daughter with Rachel and Ben's half sister. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "“Riverdale”’s Cole Sprouse Has a Crazy Theory About the Disappearance of His “Friends” Character," 19 Feb. 2019 Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in the shooting, also attended. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Year After Parkland Shooting, Communities Reflect," 14 Feb. 2019 Sacagawea returned to what would later to be known as Dakota territory and died after giving birth to a daughter. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 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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