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firstborn

[furst-bawrn]
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adjective
  1. first in the order of birth; eldest.
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noun
  1. a firstborn child.
  2. a first result or product.
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Origin of firstborn

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.

  • And when she put my firstborn son into my arms, I had no high thoughts.