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[noo-bawrn, nyoo-]
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  1. recently or only just born.
  2. born anew; reborn: a newborn faith in human goodness.
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noun, plural new·born, new·borns.
  1. a newborn infant; neonate.
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Origin of newborn

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at new, born
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  • 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
  1. (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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

newborn in Medicine


  1. Very recently born.
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  1. A neonate.
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