Definition of firstborn in English:

firstborn

adjective

  • (of a person's child) the first to be born; the eldest.

    ‘his new album and his firstborn child are due in the same week’
    • ‘It was joked that his mother had named him Furst because he was her firstborn child out of eleven, and she hadn't been able to remember their real names, so she just numbered them.’
    • ‘Six months later, Graciano returns on time to witness his wife give birth to his firstborn child.’
    • ‘There are 5 million couples living out of wedlock in France, and 42% of firstborn children are born outside of marriage.’
    • ‘A firstborn child may share the parents' bed for two or three years, but if there is an older sister, that child may sleep with her after a year or so.’
    • ‘Traditionally, relatives and friends soaked the father with water when his firstborn child was a girl.’
    • ‘I was their firstborn child, their baby girl, the very embodiment of their hopes and dreams.’
    • ‘She asked him to view the film My Life, about a young man who is dying and making a videotape for his soon-to-be firstborn child.’
    • ‘She'd been a bridesmaid at their wedding, and was now a godmother of their recently-born firstborn child Jacob.’
    • ‘My firstborn child taught me a thing or two about this when she first started bringing home her classmates.’
    • ‘Then the firstborn child was thought to be god-begotten.’
    • ‘They love each other in their own way, but no longer know how to express their feelings, partly because they have never recovered from the death of their firstborn child.’
    • ‘I talked my dad into burying my mom in Florida, near her firstborn child, my brother Barry, whom she had buried seven years before and with whom she would soon, happily, be reunited.’
    • ‘As a parent, Jo-Ann pondered how all their dreams and hopes for their firstborn child would never be realized.’
    • ‘My sister continued to make excuses until her firstborn child told her biological father that they were being taken to church by her mother and step-father.’
    • ‘In southeast Angola, the practice of calling a parent after his or her firstborn child (father-of-name, mother-of-name) further create ties between the generations.’
    • ‘Plantation workers developed a highly regulated system of fosterage in which firstborn children were given to the maternal grandmother or an aunt.’
    • ‘I couldn't believe it when I heard the news - he is still my firstborn son and I'm hoping for a reconciliation.’
    • ‘Being the firstborn child doesn't just mean you get to stay up later; it also may win you the country.’
    • ‘Feasts and gifts were given to the mother and baby, especially for firstborn children, and at adolescence a formal naming ceremony was held.’
    • ‘Over 70 percent of firstborn children are born to unmarried couples.’
    oldest, first, most grown up, big, biggest
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noun

  • A person's first child.

    ‘their firstborn arrived’
    • ‘Lynda continued to teach with her firstborn, Luke, but once Vincent had arrived in 1981 the family moved into Alice, and Lynda stayed at home with the children.’
    • ‘One theory holds that the boost comes from the initially undiluted resources firstborns receive from their parents.’
    • ‘Until our firstborn arrived, we both had well-paid, full-time jobs.’
    • ‘Your sisters and mother are waiting for you with the other firstborns.’
    • ‘Since moms and dads are usually way worried about giving firstborns the go-ahead for new experiences, you've forged a path in uncharted territory.’
    • ‘My mother is speaking with a male scribe, one I recognize as that of one of her real sons, her firstborn, my brother and nursemaid to some of my older sisters.’
    • ‘They met at a party, got married, and I was the firstborn.’
    • ‘She has just lost her firstborn; her daughter, her twin, and she is far away, swept away in her torrential grief.’
    • ‘They were both happy, and even more so when their firstborn arrived.’
    • ‘Some weeks previously John and I had taken our firstborns away for a much-talked-about weekend to Paris, so it was only fair that the secondborns should go somewhere too.’
    • ‘Shadow was the firstborn of her athletic parents.’
    • ‘But I am still grieving, just a little bit, for that overwhelming and lovely love that is the firstborn's privilege, just as the relaxed and expansive love of experience is the second-born's special right.’
    • ‘Actually I was still a kid myself as our firstborn arrived when I had just turned 21, and my wife was 20.’
    • ‘You'll finally get to meet the other firstborns, Nicola.’
    • ‘She argues that the way you are within the family is not the way you act outside with your peers and that many younger siblings behave like firstborns with their friends.’
    • ‘In the father sensitivity part of the study, fathers of firstborns appeared more sensitive than were fathers of laterborns.’
    • ‘Fathers also appeared more sensitive to their firstborns than they were to laterborns.’
    • ‘My firstborn, a son, began to push out late the next summer.’
    • ‘Helena loved her firstborn's son too much to sit back and do nothing.’
    • ‘Children were also significantly more likely to suffer from these conditions if their father had an inherited susceptibility to allergy or the child was a firstborn.’

Pronunciation

firstborn

/ˈfərs(t)bôrn//ˈfərs(t)bɔrn/