offspring

noun
off·spring | \ ˈȯf-ˌspriŋ \
plural offspring also offsprings

Definition of offspring 

1a : the product of the reproductive processes of an animal or plant : young, progeny The disease can be transmitted from parent to offspring.

b : child a mother of numerous offspring

2a : product, result scholarly manuscripts—the labored offsprings of PhDs —Donna Martin the substitution of the typewriter and its offspring for the author's own hand —Jacques Barzun

b : offshoot sense 1a

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Synonyms for offspring

Synonyms

fruit, get, issue, posterity, progeny, seed, spawn

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Examples of offspring in a Sentence

The disease can be transmitted from parent to offspring. The show is about two couples and the adventures of their rebellious offspring. The colt is the offspring of two racing champions.
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Julie Mihaly shifts the focus from offspring to parent. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "The PRC arrives in Porter Square," 12 July 2018 Since then, it's been worn by Louis' siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as well as other royal offspring. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis wore the same christening gown as siblings George and Charlotte," 9 July 2018 So began a rapid operation to save the turtle’s offspring. New York Times, "Saving Turtles in Bali, Egg by Precious Egg," 7 July 2018 The sickly green illumination and starkly clinical setting of a 2009 Edmund Clark photograph are enough, on their own, to conjure bad dreams of Dr. Frankenstein’s unnameable offspring. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Summer exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery a monstrous affair," 6 July 2018 As a celebrity offspring, it was practically written in the stars that Baldwin would be in the spotlight. refinery29.com, "Hailey Baldwin's Beauty Evolution, From Teen Belieber To Actual Fiancée Of Bieber," 10 July 2018 Inbreeding also leads to higher miscarriage rates and decreased fertility in offspring. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Northern white rhino could be saved from extinction using embryos," 5 July 2018 The next morning, Fox revived Last Man Standing, a Tim Allen vehicle about a conservative dad who frequently argues with his more liberal offspring. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man Standing were saved from cancellation for the same reason," 15 May 2018 The usual suspects filed in, part of a changing cast of characters that includes several ’82 originals and several of their own offsprings. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "This weekly pickup game has been a Philly hoops staple since 1982," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of offspring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for offspring

Middle English ofspring, from Old English, from of off + springan to spring

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The first known use of offspring was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for offspring

offspring

noun

English Language Learners Definition of offspring

: a person's child

: the young of an animal or plant

offspring

noun
off·spring | \ ˈȯf-ˌspriŋ \
plural offspring also offsprings

Kids Definition of offspring

: the young of a person, animal, or plant

offspring

noun
off·spring | \ ˈȯf-ˌspriŋ \
plural offspring also offsprings

Medical Definition of offspring 

: the progeny of an animal or plant : young

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