firstborn

adjective
first·​born | \ ˈfərs(t)-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce firstborn (audio) \

Definition of firstborn

: first brought forth : eldest

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Other Words from firstborn

firstborn noun

Examples of firstborn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perdita and Arthur move away from Viola—but when Perdita is in labor with their firstborn, Arthur and Viola run into each other at a wedding. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "'The Haunting of Bly Manor' Was Inspired by These Henry James Stories," 9 Oct. 2020 James Marshall Hendrix came up hard, the firstborn of parents who drank, fought viciously and eventually divorced. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘Wild Thing’ Review: Out of This World," 2 Oct. 2020 On October 6, 2004, Savannah gave birth to their firstborn son, LeBron James Jr., affectionately called Bronny. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "How LeBron James Got Dwyane Wade Involved When Proposing to His Wife Savannah Brinson," 1 Oct. 2020 Born in 1933 in Deleware County, Ohio, Perfect was the firstborn of Leroy and Esther Perfect. Segann March, The Enquirer, "Clyde Perfect, a founder of Perfect North Slopes, dies at 87," 31 Aug. 2020 And not because baby George is his firstborn, but because his son was born just moments after the massive Beirut explosion ripped through his wife's hospital room. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Video shows moments before Beirut explosion tore through a pregnant woman's hospital room. She gave birth right after," 7 Aug. 2020 In less than 48 hours, 29-year-old Jesslyn Layfield will bury her firstborn, 8-year-old Royta Giles Jr. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "‘We have gained a guardian angel’: Royta Giles Jr. honored at emotional Hoover prayer vigil," 10 July 2020 Last year saw the arrival of so many celebrity babies, from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s firstborn, Archie, to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’s third child. Glamour, "All the Celebrity Babies We Welcomed in 2020," 9 July 2020 Blue Ivy, Beyoncé's firstborn child, now has her first BET Award. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "Lizzo, Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion pull off a Houston takeover at BET Awards," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of firstborn

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Firstborn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firstborn. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for firstborn

firstborn

adjective
How to pronounce firstborn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of firstborn

: born first

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