newborn

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

In June 2016, authorities discovered the remains of 40 newborn tiger cubs in freezers at the temple. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Almost 150 tigers were rescued from a Thai temple. Now, over half are dead," 17 Sep. 2019 Pregnancy and newborn complications Pregnant people are more vulnerable to heat and the air pollution that is being made worse by climate change. Emily Holden, Scientific American, "Climate Change Is Having Widespread Health Impacts," 16 Sep. 2019 The scientists studied a newborn black hole that was created when two black holes collided. BostonGlobe.com, "Researchers on an MIT study deciphered for the first time the ringing of an infant black hole, which produces waves similarly to how a bell reverberates sound waves, allowing them to predict the black hole’s mass and spin.," 14 Sep. 2019 Now these bears increasingly use the Coastal Plain, where females first raise their newborn cubs. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 Matthew was killed in a car accident after visiting his wife and newborn at the hospital. Leanne Italie, chicagotribune.com, "What you need to know before seeing the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie," 10 Sep. 2019 In fact, the survival rate of newborn blue-and-gold macaws in Campo Grande is higher than in the wild, according to Guedes, who is also a professor at the University for the Development of the State and Region of the Pantanal. Miguel Conde, National Geographic, "Hundreds of wild parrots are thriving in this Brazilian city," 6 Sep. 2019 Seberg is probably best known as the co-star of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 Breathless, a film that helped introduce the then-newborn French New Wave to the world. Time, "Thailand: Kingdom of Opportunity," 30 Aug. 2019 Wang, who was born in 1985, also interviews her family members, sometimes while holding the then newborn Jamie in her arms, and gently presses them to reveal how the policy shaped their lives and community. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "In “One Child Nation,” Nanfu Wang Confronts China’s History, and Her Own," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gee said hospitals have had to cope with front-line health care costs, the space requirements of patients unable to go home, the associated medical needs of children and newborns and added workload and security costs. Julie Carr Smyth, Cincinnati.com, "John Kasich, Gordon Gee team up to steer opioid settlement cash to hospitals," 22 Aug. 2019 Listeria is a common bacteria that causes listeriosis, an infection that mainly affects the elderly, pregnant women, newborns and people with weakened immune systems. Jack Guy, CNN, "Listeria outbreak infects 175 people during peak tourist season in Spain," 22 Aug. 2019 One of the best ways to protect these newborns, and help them grow, is to give them their mothers’ milk within their first hour of life, and for at least six months afterwards. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives," 13 Aug. 2019 The state also came sixth for best parental leave policies, and was ranked No. 8 for low birth weights among newborns. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Where does California rank for having a baby in the U.S.?," 12 Aug. 2019 Caregivers who are overtaxed, as well as parents of newborns and members of the military returning from deployment, also can use Meals on Wheels. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Fairview Park’s Richard DeChant receives Freedom Award for work with vets at Tri-C: A Place in the Sun," 6 Aug. 2019 Her plan would automatically enroll newborns and those uninsured. Stephanie Ramirez, CBS News, "Kamala Harris releases "Medicare for all" proposal ahead of second Democratic debate," 29 July 2019 All states have some form of a Safe Haven law, which is many cases allow a parent to relinquish newborns to authorities anonymously. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Newborn found on doorstep at apartment complex where another baby was left 2 years ago," 24 July 2019 No one tests for genetic connection between newborns and birth parents unless a racial mismatch gives them reason to. Dov Fox, WIRED, "What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?," 17 July 2019

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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 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

newborn

adjective
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

newborn

noun
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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