Meaning of BIRTH in English

I. ˈbərth noun

Usage: often attributive

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

Date: 13th century


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


a. : lineage , extraction

marriage between equals in birth

b. : high or noble birth


a. archaic : one that is born

b. : beginning , start

the birth of an idea

II. verb

Date: 1855

transitive verb

1. chiefly dialect : to bring forth


a. : to give rise to : originate

b. : to give birth to

intransitive verb

: to bring forth or be brought forth as a child or young

III. adjective

Date: 1975

: biological 3

his birth mother

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.