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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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  • Come here, Philip—my own Philip—my son, my hope, my firstborn!

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He stopped and covered his ears to close out the cry of his firstborn.

    The Hoofer Walter M. Miller
  • What a man must sacrifice was what he loved most, and that was his firstborn child.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • They took my son, my firstborn, and I was silent, though it brake my heart.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • And when she put my firstborn son into my arms, I had no high thoughts.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • Every virtuous household in the land felt as if its firstborn were gone.

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