birthright

[ burth-rahyt ]
/ ˈbɜrθˌraɪt /

noun

any right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth: Democracy maintains that freedom is a birthright.

Nearby words

  1. birthing room,
  2. birthmark,
  3. birthnight,
  4. birthplace,
  5. birthrate,
  6. birthright citizenship,
  7. birthroot,
  8. birthstone,
  9. birthstool,
  10. birthweight

Origin of birthright

First recorded in 1525–35; birth + right

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British Dictionary definitions for birthright

birthright

/ (ˈbɜːθˌraɪt) /

noun

privileges or possessions that a person has or is believed to be entitled to as soon as he is born
the privileges or possessions of a first-born son
inheritance; patrimony
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Word Origin and History for birthright

birthright

n.

also birth-right, 1530s, from birth (n.) + right (n.). Used as an adjective from 1650s, especially by Quakers.

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