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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
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at 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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