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firstborn

[furst-bawrn] /ˈfɜrstˈbɔrn/
adjective
1.
first in the order of birth; eldest.
noun
2.
a firstborn child.
3.
a first result or product.
Origin of firstborn
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at first, born
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  • To her they were the same in every respect as her first-born.

  • At last she came to entertain a very unfavourable opinion of her first-born.

  • "She had put there your father's first-born son," said Paul.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Thus the exterminating angel kills the first-born of the Egyptians.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • We live today in the midst of miracles as did the first-born of men.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • The county has not spared her first-born—no, nor the darling of his mother!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Here is the birthplace of my first-born, a place never to be forgotten by us.

    Bertha and Her Baptism Nehemiah Adams
  • It was during these days also that my first-born saw the light; my beautiful boy!

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
British Dictionary definitions for first-born

first-born

adjective
1.
eldest of the children in a family
noun
2.
the eldest child in a family
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