Definition of pregnant
1 archaic : cogent
2 : abounding in fancy, wit, or resourcefulness : inventive <all this has been said … by great and pregnant artists — The Times Literary Supplement (London)>
3 : rich in significance or implication <the pregnant phrases of the Bible — Edmund Wilson> <a pregnant pause>
4 : containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body : gravid
5 : having possibilities of development or consequence : involving important issues : momentous <draw inspiration from the heroic achievements of that pregnant age — Kemp Malone>
Examples of pregnant in a sentence
She got pregnant soon after her marriage.
There was a pregnant pause before the winner was announced.
Origin and Etymology of pregnant
Middle English, from Latin praegnant-, praegnans carrying a fetus, alteration of praegnas, from prae- pre- + -gnas (akin to gignere to give birth to) — more at kin
First Known Use: 14th century
PREGNANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pregnant for English Language Learners
of a woman or female animal : having a baby or babies developing inside the body
: filled with meaning or emotion because of what is going to happen or be said
PREGNANT Defined for Kids
Definition of pregnant for Students
1 : carrying one or more unborn offspring in the body
2 : full of meaning <There was a pregnant pause before the announcement.>
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