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

Other Words from stillborn

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

Examples of stillborn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the triplets is stillborn and that tragedy leads the Pearsons to take home another baby, later named Randall, who had been abandoned at a fire station that very day. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 The Sweenys were married for 14 years and had three children (including a daughter who was stillborn) before divorcing in 1947. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 22 Apr. 2022 While veterinary literature shows a few similar cases, most dogs like this are stillborn or die very young. Robert Scheer, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 While veterinary literature shows a few similar cases, most dogs like this are stillborn or die very young. Robert Scheer, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr. 2022 Presley and his stillborn twin brother Jesse were born Jan. 8, 1935, and the date ranks as an official holiday for fans of the rock icon. Philip Potempa,, 28 Dec. 2021 Director Agnieszka Holland and screenwriter Christopher Hampton fashioned an intentionally distancing but stillborn love story between two miserable, self-destructive personalities who can’t live with each other but also can’t live apart. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 About 24,000 babies in the U.S. are stillborn every year, according to 2014 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 17 Dec. 2021 Some were told they were stillborn, while others said government officials took custody of them. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stillborn

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Medical Definition of stillborn

: dead at birth — compare live-born

Other Words from stillborn

stillborn \ -​ˌbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \ noun

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