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

Definition of firstborn

: first brought forth : eldest

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firstborn noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra's firstborn can't wait to meet her new little sister. Georgia Slater,, 7 Oct. 2021 Previously announced cast members include Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen; Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, the king’s younger brother; and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s firstborn daughter. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 5 Oct. 2021 The father presents the baby on a silver platter to the kohen, symbolically returning his firstborn son to God. Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2021 But one key character wouldn’t be cast until the 11th hour: Victoria and Conrad’s firstborn, Daniel, played by Josh Bowman. Jemal Polson, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 The model, 33, is preparing to give birth to her second child, after welcoming her firstborn, 18-month-old son Isaac Menelik, last January. Glenn Garner,, 11 Aug. 2021 Among Portuguese nobility in the 15th and 16th centuries, for example, second- and later-born sons were sent to the front as soldiers more often than firstborn sons. Lynn Berger, Time, 13 Apr. 2021 Buyers are offering to name their firstborn baby after sellers. Jane Starr Drinkard, Curbed, 4 Aug. 2021 Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Weatherspoon’s firstborn just finished kindergarten and had the cutest celebration for all of his hard, adorable work. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of firstborn

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2021

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“Firstborn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of firstborn

: born first

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