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daughter

[daw-ter] /ˈdɔ tər/
noun
1.
a female child or person in relation to her parents.
2.
any female descendant.
3.
a person related as if by the ties binding daughter to parent:
daughter of the church.
4.
anything personified as female and considered with respect to its origin:
The United States is the daughter of the 13 colonies.
5.
Chemistry, Physics. an isotope formed by radioactive decay of another isotope.
adjective
6.
Biology. pertaining to a cell or other structure arising from division or replication:
daughter cell; daughter DNA.
Origin of daughter
950
before 950; Middle English doughter, Old English dohtor; cognate with German Tochter, Greek thygátēr, Sanskrit duhitā
Related forms
daughterless, adjective
daughterlike, adjective
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  • On a morning late in May Mrs. Bines and her daughter were at breakfast.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Eucoline, the daughter of Agatho, attended me, carrying a lighted torch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • But, my daughter, why is it that the commands of Phidias would have made you unhappy?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Mr. Paine and his daughter were present, and Halbert Davis also.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • He was rich and he was willing to take the daughter without a single penny.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
British Dictionary definitions for daughter

daughter

/ˈdɔːtə/
noun
1.
a female offspring; a girl or woman in relation to her parents
2.
a female descendant
3.
a female from a certain country, etc, or one closely connected with a certain environment, etc: a daughter of the church, related adjective filial
4.
(often capital) (archaic) a form of address for a girl or woman
modifier
5.
(biology) denoting a cell or unicellular organism produced by the division of one of its own kind
6.
(physics) (of a nuclide) formed from another nuclide by radioactive decay
Derived Forms
daughterhood, noun
daughterless, adjective
daughter-like, adjective
daughterliness, noun
daughterly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dohtor; related to Old High German tohter daughter, Greek thugatēr, Sanskrit duhitá
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Word Origin and History for daughter
n.

Old English dohtor, from Proto-Germanic *dochter, earlier *dhukter (cf. Old Saxon dohtar, Old Norse dottir, Old Frisian and Dutch dochter, German Tochter, Gothic dauhtar), from PIE *dhugheter (cf. Sanskrit duhitar-, Avestan dugeda-, Armenian dustr, Old Church Slavonic dušti, Lithuanian dukte, Greek thygater). The common Indo-European word, lost in Celtic and Latin (Latin filia "daughter" is fem. of filius "son"). The modern spelling evolved 16c. in southern England. Daughter-in-law is attested from late 14c.

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