[nach-er-uh l-bawrn, nach-ruh l-]


by virtue of one's nature, qualities, or innate talent: a natural-born musician.

Origin of natural-born

First recorded in 1575–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for natural-born

Contemporary Examples of natural-born

Historical Examples of natural-born

  • I'll camp on his trail for the rest of his natural-born days!

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He was a “natural-born doctor,” as his wife proudly said of him.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • I'll nurse you; and popper says I am just a natural-born nurse, if there ever was one.

  • He was a natural-born carpenter, with inventive powers of a high order.

    Make or Break

    Oliver Optic

  • Diamond told him he was a natural-born prevaricator, and let it go at that.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for natural-born



being as specified through one's birtha natural-born Irishman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for natural-born

1580s, from natural (adj.) + born.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper