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birth (bɜːθ



  1. the process of bearing young; parturition; childbirth related adjective ▶ Related adjective: natal
  2. the act or fact of being born; nativity
  3. the coming into existence of something; origin
  4. ancestry; lineage   ⇒  ■ of high birth
  5. noble ancestry   ⇒  ■ a man of birth
  6. natural or inherited talent   ⇒  ■ an artist by birth
  7. (archaic) the offspring or young born at a particular time or of a particular mother
  8. See give birth


verb (transitive)

  1. to bear or bring forth (a child)

Word Origin

C12: from Old Norse byrth; related to Gothic gabaurths, Old Swedish byrdh, Old High German berd child; see bear1, bairn

Quotations including 'birth'

  • "Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,Hath had elsewhere its setting,And cometh from afar" [William Wordsworth
  • "Birth, and copulation, and death.That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks:Birth, and copulation and death.I've been born, and once is enough" [T.S. Eliot
  • "It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other" [Francis Bacon
  • "There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval" [George Santayana

Translations for 'birth'

  • British English: birth When a baby is born, you refer to this event as its birth.The twins were separated at birth.bɜːθ NOUN
  • Arabic: مِيلاد
  • Brazilian Portuguese: nascimento
  • Chinese: 出生
  • Croatian: rođenje
  • Czech: narození
  • Danish: fødsel
  • Dutch: geboorte
  • European Spanish: nacimiento
  • Finnish: syntymä
  • French: naissance
  • German: Geburt
  • Greek: γέννηση
  • Italian: nascita
  • Japanese: 誕生
  • Korean: 출생
  • Norwegian: fødsel
  • Polish: narodziny
  • Portuguese: nascimento
  • Romanian: naștere nașteri
  • Russian: рождение
  • Spanish: nacimiento
  • Swedish: födelse
  • Thai: การเกิด
  • Turkish: doğum
  • Ukrainian: народження
  • Vietnamese: sự sinh đẻ

Example Sentences Including 'birth'

I was also, probably, about to learn my true date of birth.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
They judge people by their actions, not an accident of birth.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
In reply Adam laid down a copy of an original birth certificate.
Stuart Harrison LOST SUMMER (2002)


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