Meaning of BIRTH in English


Pronunciation: ' b ə rth

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse byrth; akin to Old English beran

Date: 13th century

1 a : the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent b : the act or process of bringing forth young from the womb

2 : a state resulting from being born especially at a particular time or place <a Southerner by birth >

3 a : LINEAGE , EXTRACTION <marriage between equals in birth > b : high or noble birth

4 a archaic : one that is born b : BEGINNING , START <the birth of an idea>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.