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

For Kris Jenner's 2019 Met Gala look, daughter knew best. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Kris Jenner's Hairstylist Reveals Why She Decided to Wear a Blonde Bob Two Hours Before the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Sophie portrays Sansa, the eldest Stark daughter who has been present in all eight seasons of the HBO series. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas' New Wife?," 2 May 2019 Mothers and daughters love to shop together in our stores. Glamour, "I Must Confess: I Can't Get Enough of 'Mommy and Me' Fashion," 30 Apr. 2019 Prosecutors say Riddell also flew to Los Angeles in 2017 to rig the SAT score for Huffman’s older daughter by secretly changing her answers. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam," 13 Apr. 2019 Shirley’s daughter Bianca, now 16, helps coach Kyla’s team and plays on the varsity squad at a local high school. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 Growing up as the daughter of an Apollo-program engineer, Melinda Gates spent her childhood watching space launches. Laura Vanderkam, WSJ, "‘The Moment of Lift’ Review: One Target for Smart Giving," 21 Apr. 2019 Isabella Giannulli, one of the daughters of Full House star Lori Loughlin, has gone dark on Instagram. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Isabella Giannulli Deleted Her Instagram Account Amid College Admissions Investigation," 18 Apr. 2019 The daughter of two British ex-pats—a former modern dancer and an electrician at MGM—Verdon developed rickets as a child, forcing her to wear corrective boots and braces to straighten her legs. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 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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