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[furst-bawrn] /ˈfɜrstˈbɔrn/
first in the order of birth; eldest.
a firstborn child.
a first result or product.
Origin of firstborn
1300-50; Middle English; see first, born Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But her seven brothers are still seven wild geese, and the Queen has found no trace of her first-born son.

  • He could not resist giving that delicate morsel to his first-born.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • In a family of two brothers and one sister he was the first-born.

  • May not the serpent have bitten Eve before the birth of Cain, her first-born?

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Ian,” he said to his first-born, as he refilled his tin can with tea, “how many more timbers have you to prepare for the dam?

    Wrecked but not Ruined R.M. Ballantyne
  • They were perfectly willing to release that story about their first-born.

    Get Out of Our Skies! E. K. Jarvis
  • There was trouble in China and in Khaledan that day, and in each kingdom a sorrowful king wept for the madness of his first-born.

  • Space cannot separate the father's watchful soul from the cradle of his first-born!

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for first-born


eldest of the children in a family
the eldest child in a family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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first-born in the Bible

sons enjoyed certain special privileges (Deut. 21:17; Gen. 25:23, 31, 34; 49:3; 1 Chr. 5:1; Heb. 12:16; Ps. 89:27). (See BIRTHRIGHT.) The "first-born of the poor" signifies the most miserable of the poor (Isa. 14:30). The "church of the first-born" signifies the church of the redeemed. The destruction of the first-born was the last of the ten plagues inflicted on the Egyptians (Ex. 11:1-8; 12:29, 30). Menephtah is probably the Pharaoh whose first-born was slain. His son did not succeed or survive his father, but died early. The son's tomb has been found at Thebes unfinished, showing it was needed earlier than was expected. Some of the records on the tomb are as follows: "The son whom Menephtah loves; who draws towards him his father's heart, the singer, the prince of archers, who governed Egypt on behalf of his father. Dead."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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