still·​born | \ ˈstil-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \

Definition of stillborn

1 : dead at birth
2 : failing from the start : abortive, unsuccessful a stillborn venture

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stillborn \ ˈstil-​ˌbȯrn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \ noun

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And for those who had a challenging pregnancy or whose babies were stillborn, the jewelry can be an especially meaningful symbol. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Umbilical Cord Jewelry Is Apparently a Thing, and It's Surprisingly Chic," 7 Nov. 2018 In conversations with him, Marks says the nephew told her that his fiance delivered a stillborn child in April. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Kentucky woman determined to return American flag found at store to family of fallen soldier," 30 July 2018 Juan Carlos On the morning of her arrest in 2008, Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez woke up with the fetus of a stillborn child lying in a pool of blood between her legs. Juan Carlos, Marie Claire, "This Is What a World Without Reproductive Rights Would Be Like," 25 Apr. 2016 About 7,400 babies were stillborn or died within the first week of life. New York Times, "Surgical Checklists Save Lives — but Once in a While, They Don’t. Why?," 9 May 2018 Dubbed Ata, the skeleton belong to a girl who was stillborn or died just after birth. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Chilean Government Investigates Whether the Atacama Mummy Was Illegally Exhumed," 30 Mar. 2018 Hoffman's trade came a week after a report in the Ottawa Citizen alleged that Hoffman's fiance, Monika Caryk, cyberbullied Senators captain Erik Karlsson’s wife Melinda after the birth of the Karlssons’ stillborn child. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Who is Mike Hoffman, the Florida Panthers' newly acquired forward?," 19 June 2018 Hoffman, who has scored at least 22 goals in the last four seasons, ended his tenure in Ottawa amid allegations that his fiancée cyberbullied Senators captain Erik Karlsson’s wife Melinda after the birth of the Karlssons’ stillborn child. Matthew Defranks,, "Roberto Luongo says Mike Hoffman will 'fit right in' with Panthers after trade," 20 June 2018 The baby, named Axel, was stillborn on March 19, 2018. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "NHL player's wife accuses teammates' fiancee of cyberbullying, files protective order," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of stillborn

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stillborn was in 1593

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English Language Learners Definition of stillborn

of a baby : dead at birth
: never able to begin operating or proceeding


still·​born | \ -ˈbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \

Medical Definition of stillborn

: dead at birth — compare live-born

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