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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Miguel was just a newborn when Hugo Chávez, the late socialist president of Venezuela, proclaimed in 2008 that there was not a single poor working kid on the streets. Gustavo Ocando Alex, miamiherald, "To eat in Venezuela, children work and beg on the streets - to feed their families | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018 With help from one of Earth's most powerful telescopes, an international team of astronomers has snapped a spectacular snapshot of a newborn planet emerging from the disk of gas and debris surrounding its host star. David Freeman /, NBC News, "Giant telescope captures first-ever snapshot of a newborn planet," 3 July 2018 The first sweet snap shows the newborn stargazing with sisters Ella Rose, 11, and Emmie Kay, 8, in the backyard of their Waco farmhouse. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Just Shared New Photo of Baby Crew With His Sisters and Our Hearts Can’t Take It," 3 July 2018 The newborn child, named Kulture Kiari Cephus, was born on Tuesday (July 10), TMZ reported, and the parents announced the birth on Wednesday (July 11) via a set of Instagram posts. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Name of Cardi B’s New Baby Might Be a Tribute to Offset," 11 July 2018 Thousands of miles apart, these lives are connected, even that of a Latina trafficker in Ohio, who hands her newborn child to her sister when agents put her in handcuffs. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 WoodSpring's customers include people relocating from other cities, shopping for a new house, helping family for a week or two with a newborn child, and families whose homes have been damaged by fire or weather. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WoodSpring Suites seeks license for first Milwaukee hotel as long battle enters new front," 29 June 2018 Bowser will not be the first D.C. mayor to have newborn children while in office: Marion Christopher Barry was born in 1980, two years after his father, Marion Barry, was elected to his first term. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "It’s a girl! Mayor Bowser adopts an infant born last week in U.S.," 22 May 2018 But the research—looking at an old Neiman Marcus catalog, watching video of Diana and [Prince] Charles appearing on the steps of the hospital with their newborn children—was a lot of fun. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Rumaan Alam on Writing From the Female Perspective, Breastfeeding Struggles Included," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to the National MPS Society, one in 70,000 newborns is born with Sanfilippo syndrome, with symptoms often appearing after the first year of a child’s life. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Family Fights to Save 6 Year Old with Childhood Alzheimer’s: 'He's the Light of My Life,' Says Mom," 25 May 2018 Symptoms of withdrawal in newborns range from relatively benign indicators like yawning, sneezing, mottled skin and a high-pitched cry to more serious problems like diarrhea, difficulty feeding and, very rarely, seizures. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 They were sold in sizes intended for newborns to 2-year-olds. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Carter's baby 'penguin' outfit recalled due to choking hazard," 4 May 2018 The new findings are significant because pregnant women and their fetuses are at greatest risk from Zika because the virus can cause birth defects and neurological problems in newborns. Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "Novel therapy stops Zika in pregnant monkeys but not their fetuses, UM scientists say | Miami Herald," 23 Apr. 2018 The study looked at neurodevelopment of 2-year-olds who'd been treated for the syndrome that can occur in newborns who were exposed to opioids in utero. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Opioid-exposed babies at risk for developmental delays, Cincinnati Children's study shows," 13 Mar. 2018 According to Auburn, the condition occurs in about 3,000 newborns annually and is also common among dogs. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Auburn performs heart surgery on two-pound Chihuahua, smallest in school's history," 6 Mar. 2018 Listeria is a disease that typically targets pregnant women, newborns, senior citizens, and people with weak immune systems. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Here's How to Tell If You're Affected by the Frozen Broccoli Recall," 24 May 2018 Under a 1993 federal law, workers who take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to take care of newborns or a family health emergency have job protection. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Paid family leave: While US lags behind, more states set policies," 12 July 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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