newborn

adjective
new·​born | \ ˈnü-ˌbȯrn, ˈnyü-\

Definition of newborn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : recently born
2 : born anew

newborn

noun
plural newborn or newborns

Definition of newborn (Entry 2 of 2)

: a newborn individual

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Examples of newborn in a Sentence

Adjective

felt like a newborn activist after that pep rally

Noun

a mother goat and all of her newborn intentionally bought clothes that were too big for her newborn but which undoubtedly would fit him in a few months
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Prince William and Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, started the tradition of giving birth at St. Mary's and posing for a photo call with the newborn royal in question back in the 80s. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle Probably Won't Give Birth in the Lindo Wing," 5 Jan. 2019 Pressing her face against the glass window at the newborn nursery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Cannady had only one choice. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 Joanne Gaines shared a photo on Instagram Friday of husband Chip holding their newborn Crew, who arrived in June. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Joanna Gaines shares the sweet tradition husband Chip Gaines is continuing with baby no. 5," 7 July 2018 New mom Pippa Middleton continues to impress with her casual-chic style for walks with her newborn son. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Takes Her New Baby for a Stroll in a Chic Motorcycle Jacket," 24 Oct. 2018 The couple made it to the hospital just in time and caught the rest of the game -- a come-from-behind 24-23 Packers victory -- on TV with their newborn son, Zachary, according to the station. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "NFL's Green Bay Packers need to revamp ticket policy for infants, new mom says," 16 Sep. 2018 In one Instagram Story, Teigen zoomed in on her newborn son Miles resting his cheek on her boob. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "You Probably Missed This Close-Up Photo of Chrissy Teigen’s Boob," 9 July 2018 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave St. Mary's Hospital with their newborn son Prince Louis of Cambridge. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Prince Louis' Christening Venue Has a Poignant Tie to Princess Diana. Here's What to Know About the Chapel Royal," 9 July 2018 Her newborn son, Zion, was crying through every night. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "The future of suburban homelessness? As malls empty, an old Macy’s becomes a homeless shelter.," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While breastfeeding doesn't suit all mothers—and that's totally okay, formula is just as popular with nursing newborns—the issue of whether a woman should breastfeed in public has been divisive as of late. Devon Elizabeth, Glamour, "America Ferrera Is Breastfeeding in Public—and Doesn't Care What You Think," 8 Aug. 2018 Women, some of them pregnant and others with newborns, slept on a basketball court, sharing it with dozens of unaccompanied teenagers. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe," 29 June 2018 Women who just gave birth are also considered polluted, and many remain isolated with their newborns for several days. New York Times, "Where a Taboo Is Leading to the Deaths of Young Girls," 19 June 2018 Many parents don’t intent to co-sleep with their newborns, but succumb to exhaustion during those challenging nights of early parenthood. Ann Ledbetter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breastfeeding and bed-sharing: Navigating the co-sleeping debate as a breastfeeding mother," 3 Jan. 2018 For today’s Angelman newborns and toddlers, a cure might be a chance to live a more typical life. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 Listeria is a potentially deadly bacteria that generally doesn’t cause serious illnesses in healthy people but poses a threat to pregnant women, newborns, older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Wide Recalls Are Latest Jolt to Food-Supply Chain," 22 Oct. 2018 The first lady said her focus on Ghana was also on how USAID’s programs there have expanded quality health care to mothers and newborns. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Melania’s trip to Africa says a lot about US foreign policy under Trump," 9 Oct. 2018 Poland syndrome happens in about 1 in 20,000 newborns and more often in boys than girls, according to the NIH. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Girl with 3D-printed hand throws White Sox first pitch on quest to pitch at every MLB ballpark," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of newborn

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1786, in the meaning defined above

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newborn

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of newborn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: recently born

newborn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of newborn (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person or animal that has recently been born : a newborn person or animal

newborn

adjective
new·​born | \ ˈnü-ˈbȯrn, ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of newborn

1 : recently born a newborn calf
2 : made new or strong again Always when he hunted sure, his senses seemed newborn.— Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins

newborn

adjective
new·​born | \ ˈn(y)ü-ˈbȯ(ə)rn \

Medical Definition of newborn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : recently born a newborn infant
2 : affecting or relating to the newborn

newborn

noun
new·​born | \ -ˌbȯ(ə)rn \
plural newborn or newborns

Medical Definition of newborn (Entry 2 of 2)

: a newborn infant : neonate

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