new·​born | \ ˈnü-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce newborn (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of newborn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : recently born
2 : born anew


plural newborn or newborns

Definition of newborn (Entry 2 of 2)

: a newborn individual

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the nearly four years since his retirement after a 20-year career, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was focused on his family - wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia, 17, Gianna, 13, Bianka, 3, and newborn Capri. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Barack Obama, LeBron James, NBA luminaries share their favorite Kobe Bryant memories," 21 Feb. 2020 Eventually, that dust will go into seeding heavier elements into newborn exosolar systems, helping produce rocky planets like Earth. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New image shows Betelgeuse isn’t dimming evenly," 14 Feb. 2020 One survivor, Star Nayea, wrote that, as a newborn, she was wrapped in a blanket and placed in a boot box with ventilation holes, put on a prop plane, and flown to the U.S. to be adopted by a white family that later abused her. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Searching For Mackie," 12 Feb. 2020 The foundation plans to fund work on family planning, maternal and newborn health and new ways to prevent malnutrition. Fortune, "Bill and Melinda Gates add climate change and gender equality to their foundation’s focus," 10 Feb. 2020 Emma and Liam took the top spots for newborn girls and boys for at least the third year in a row, according to the Houston Health Department. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Emma, Liam again take top spots as Houston’s baby names in 2019," 7 Jan. 2020 These maternal gut microbes immediately start to colonize the newborn’s own gut, engaging in a kind of conversation with developing immune cells. Martin Oeggerli, National Geographic, "How trillions of microbes affect every stage of our life—from birth to old age," 17 Dec. 2019 Baboons prey on birds and newborn animals, and are destructive to buildings and property. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Why Hunting Africa Has Nothing To Do With Trophy Hunting," 17 Dec. 2019 Housewives and security guards would trip over themselves to greet Lexington’s newborn on his morning promenades through Delhi. The Economist, "Lexington Impoochment," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Colobus monkeys live in families with several females sharing in the care of newborns, a behavior called allomothering. USA TODAY, "Lobster blood, Washington’s teeth, Hawaii shark hero: News from around our 50 states," 21 Feb. 2020 And some scientists think climate change could alter the proportion of male and female newborns, with more boys born in places where temperatures rise. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Does having boys or girls run in families? New study says it's down to chance," 18 Feb. 2020 Life expectancy: New projections released Thursday by the Census Bureau extend the life expectancy of Americans by 5.9 years over the next few decades, increasing from the latest estimate of 79.7 for 2017 newborns to 85.6 for those born in 2060. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Fifth suspected coronavirus case in Ohio tests negative: The Wake Up for Friday, Feb. 14, 2020," 14 Feb. 2020 About 32,000 newborns are diagnosed each year with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a form of withdrawal due to exposure to drugs in utero. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "New moms in Alabama face suspicion over error-prone drug screens," 9 Feb. 2020 Sheilla was transfused with a new set of blood on her 11th day in the hospital — the vials given by Nguma and Cheruiyot had since expired for use on newborns, who need blood that’s only a few days old. Max Bearak,, "Kenya’s blood banks are running dry after the US ended aid — and a baby’s life is at risk," 1 Feb. 2020 In the past 10 years, Louisville Zoo has welcomed about 800 newborns, but the bulk of them are ferrets, bats and zebra mice. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "From Louisville's zoo to India's jungle, 3 baby tigers inspire Kentucky author's novel," 13 Jan. 2020 Epilepsy strikes newborns, the elderly, and everyone in between. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "As epilepsy drugs fail nearly one-third of patients, scientists seek root causes of seizures," 12 Dec. 2019 For this holiday season, the center is requesting newborn outfits for newborns to 6 months, along with blankets, pacifiers, and sizes 4 and 5 diapers. Jess Nocera,, "Share Your Blessings: Columbia Pregnancy Center and Grassroots provide help to Howard families," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of newborn


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1786, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2020

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“Newborn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of newborn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: recently born



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

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


new·​born | \ ˈnü-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce newborn (audio) , 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


new·​born | \ ˈn(y)ü-ˈbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce newborn (audio) \

Medical Definition of newborn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


new·​born | \ -ˌbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce newborn (audio) \
plural newborn or newborns

Medical Definition of newborn (Entry 2 of 2)

: a newborn infant : neonate

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