offspring

noun
off·​spring | \ ˈȯf-ˌspriŋ How to pronounce offspring (audio) \
plural offspring also offsprings

Definition of offspring

1a : the product of the reproductive processes of a person, animal, or plant : young, progeny The disease can be transmitted from parent to offspring.
b : the immediate descendant of a person or animal : an individual born of a parent gave birth to a single offspring "… He was becoming irascible as well, impatient—with me especially, because I was his only offspring [=child]. …"— Anthony Hopkins
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 … you can hear this Caribbean club music, a hard-edged and party-heavy offspring of reggae …— Lorraine Ali

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Examples of offspring in a Sentence

The show is about two couples and the adventures of their rebellious offspring. The colt is the offspring of two racing champions.
Recent Examples on the Web Between legal and congressional authorities coming after his company, angry shareholders demanding answers and his traitorous offspring (among his other kids), Logan is not going down without a fight. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 The annual count of the swan population, known as Swan Upping, began at Eton Bridge in Windsor, west of London, and is conducted each year to tally swans, and in particular their cygnet offspring, claimed by the British monarch. Urooba Jamal, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 While asexual reproduction is fairly common, genetically identical offspring is not. Julia Musto, Fox News, 10 June 2021 Trees of all species shade the ground, depriving seedlings—including their own offspring—of light, allowing only the fittest to survive. Robert Moor, The New Yorker, 10 June 2021 Millennials are the offspring of Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers—generations who have a zombie-like, over-reliance on mutual funds, large-cap stocks and Social Security. Richard Fowler, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Perseverance carried Ingenuity with it, a tiny offspring clinging to the under-carriage of the rover during the seven-month, 300-million-mile journey, the white knuckled landing through Mars’s atmosphere and the frigid Martian nights since. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2021 Perseverance carried Ingenuity with it, a tiny offspring clinging to the under-carriage of the rover during the seven-month, 300-million-mile journey, the white knuckled landing through Mars's atmosphere and the frigid Martian nights since. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Apr. 2021 Immediate family members include siblings, grandparents, offspring, aunts, uncles and first cousins. TIME.com, 29 Mar. 2021

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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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“Offspring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/offspring. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce offspring (audio) \
plural offspring also offsprings

Kids Definition of offspring

: the young of a person, animal, or plant

offspring

noun
off·​spring | \ ˈȯf-ˌspriŋ How to pronounce offspring (audio) \
plural offspring also offsprings

Medical Definition of offspring

: the progeny of an animal or plant : young

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