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

Definition of firstborn

: first brought forth : eldest

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Fantasia Barrino-Taylor is celebrating a very important milestone for her firstborn child. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Fantasia Brings Back Sweet Memories For Her Daughter Zion's 18th Birthday," 9 Aug. 2019 The firstborn, Fangfang, was larger and healthier and had a small fleshy tag on one ear that helped them tell the babies apart. Los Angeles Times, "One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins," 8 Aug. 2019 Left to mourn her is her firstborn child, Barbara (Jack) Muehlbauer/FL; her eldest son, David (Robin) Tracey/CT; Ed (Patty) Tracey/FL; Diana Meyer/CT; Bill (Marie) Tracey/AK, Jim Tracey (Carol)/FL; her many grandchildren & great grandchildren., "Dorothy Tracey," 31 July 2019 The mess-up comes just days after a huge error appeared on the royal family website following the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's firstborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See the Awkward Error Buckingham Palace's Twitter Account Made About Princess Eugenie," 24 May 2019 Their firstborn, Bella, would have turned 5 years old last December 17. Jeff Truesdell,, "Nearly a Year After She Was Murdered by Her Dad, Today Would Have Been Celeste Watts’ 4th Birthday," 17 July 2019 Like firstborn children or kids with one sibling, only children were found to have some intellectual and academic advantages. Caitlin Gibson, The Denver Post, "The rise of the only child: How America is coming around to the idea of ‘just one’," 25 June 2019 Baby Archie Harrison, the firstborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, officially has a namesake flower. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Baby Archie Already Has a Flower Named After Him," 30 May 2019 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex introduced their firstborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world on May 8, just two days after his May 6 birth. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "It's Almost Time for Royal Baby Archie's Christening. Here's Everything We Know So Far.," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of firstborn

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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English Language Learners Definition of firstborn

: born first

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