[noo-bawrn, nyoo-]


recently or only just born.
born anew; reborn: a newborn faith in human goodness.

noun, plural new·born, new·borns.

a newborn infant; neonate.

Origin of newborn

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at new, born Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for newborn

suckling, babe, bambino, nursling, tot, bundle, child, baby, bairn, neonate, kid, bantling

Examples from the Web for newborn

Contemporary Examples of newborn

Historical Examples of newborn

  • 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.

  • He compared himself to a newborn babe coming into the world.


    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?


    Jan Kochanowski

British Dictionary definitions for newborn



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

newborn in Medicine




Very recently born.


A neonate.
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