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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective He's since showed off his newborn daughter on social media. Breanna Bell,, 28 June 2022 Nick Jonas gave fans another peek at his newborn daughter Malti in a sweet Father’s Day post on social media. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 20 June 2022 In the crushing true-life drama Only The Brave—his first movie with Top Gun: Maverick director Joe Kosinski—Teller plays Brendan McDonough, a drug addict delinquent looking to turn his life around to provide for his newborn daughter. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 9 June 2022 Cora said Bradley, his wife, Erin, and their newborn daughter, Elle, were set to be released from the hospital Sunday . . . Globe Staff,, 5 June 2022 The future Queen Mother holds her newborn daughter, Princess Elizabeth, in 1926. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 Viewers will soon meet the newest member of the Lau family, Kat and Randy's newborn daughter, Maya, who arrived in March. CNN, 20 May 2022 Margo, at home with her newborn daughter, had missed the festival, but Jay considered her very much there in spirit): leading to the seminal moment of Dolly. Marissa R Moss, SPIN, 10 May 2022 On Sunday, the couple confirmed that their newborn daughter, named Malti Marie Chopra Jonas, had come home after spending more than 100 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Infections during pregnancy can lead to a miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection in the newborn. ABC News, 1 July 2022 Though the autopsy found that the newborn had died from sudden complications during birth, the court concluded — with no evidence — that he had been asphyxiated from feces in the latrine. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Matter took the baby to Bay Point Park in Red Wing in the middle of the night, the warrant says, and left the newborn in the water near the boathouses. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 The zoo, located in Powell, Ohio, announced the fuzzy newborn had been born on March 20 in a tweet Wednesday. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 24 Apr. 2022 In pregnant people, invasive listeriosis causes fever, muscle aches, and other flu-like symptoms, but can have serious consequences such as miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or an infection in the newborn that can be life-threatening. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 7 Dec. 2021 The newborn had to be admitted into the NICU for supplemental oxygen but has been doing well and is healthy, per TODAY. Joelle Goldstein,, 16 Aug. 2021 Dan Do reflected on the earliest days of his son's life in a forum with Advocate Aurora Health — and expressed the uncertainty of Max's survival as a newborn. Fox News, 9 June 2022 Buckingham Palace announced the news, and a few days later, a proud papa shared his newborn's name via Twitter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 12 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for newborn


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 the Great


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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