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

Origin of birthright

First recorded in 1525–35; birth + right Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for birthright

claim, right, inheritance, share, due, legacy, patrimony, bequest, primogeniture

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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

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

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