Meaning of BIRTH in English

/ bɜːθ; NAmE bɜːrθ/ noun


[ U , C ] the time when a baby is born; the process of being born :

The baby weighed three kilos at birth .

John was present at the birth of both his children.

It was a difficult birth.

a hospital / home birth

Mark has been blind from birth .

Please state your date and place of birth .


[ sing. ] the beginning of a new situation, idea, place, etc. :

the birth of a new society in South Africa


[ U ] a person's origin or the social position of their family :

Anne was French by birth but lived most of her life in Italy.

a woman of noble birth


- give birth (to sb/sth)



Middle English : from Old Norse byrth ; related to the verb bear .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.