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newborn

[noo-bawrn, nyoo-] /ˈnuˈbɔrn, ˈnyu-/
adjective
1.
recently or only just born.
2.
born anew; reborn:
a newborn faith in human goodness.
noun, plural newborn, newborns.
3.
a newborn infant; neonate.
Origin of newborn
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at new, born
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Examples from the Web for newborn
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  • He felt a sudden lift of the heart, an access of newborn confidence.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • “I'll go,” agreed the squire, almost quivering in his newborn eagerness.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • He compared himself to a newborn babe coming into the world.

    Unthinkable Roger Phillips Graham
  • The old, the diseased, and the alcoholic are more apt to succumb, also the newborn.

  • That she knew not the pangs that usher in The newborn child?

    Laments Jan Kochanowski
British Dictionary definitions for newborn

newborn

/ˈnjuːˌbɔːn/
adjective
1.
  1. recently or just born
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the newborn
2.
(of hope, faith, etc) reborn
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Word Origin and History for newborn
adj.

also new-born, c.1300, from new + born. As a noun from 1879.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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newborn in Medicine

newborn new·born (nōō'bôrn', nyōō'-)
adj.
Very recently born. n.
A neonate.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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