first·​born ˈfərs(t)-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce firstborn (audio)
: first brought forth : eldest
firstborn noun

Examples of firstborn in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of firstborn was in the 14th century

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“Firstborn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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first·​born ˈfərs(t)-ˈbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce firstborn (audio)
: born first : eldest
firstborn noun

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