not yet born; yet to come; future: unborn generations.
not yet delivered; still existing in the mother's womb: an unborn baby.
existing without birth or beginning.

Origin of unborn

before 900; Middle English; Old English unbornen. See un-1, born
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for unborn

coming, expected, incipient, prospective, awaited

Examples from the Web for unborn

Contemporary Examples of unborn

Historical Examples of unborn

  • But still Mary pined so, he feared for her health—for his own unborn offspring.

  • She had gone to Africa to save him—in order that he might fall in love with her then unborn child.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • It seems, for the time, to inherit all that has yet existed and to dictate to the unborn.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Therefore the name of the father of my unborn child must never, never, never be disclosed.

  • Then there 317 were the secret responsibilities––the unborn responsibilities.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for unborn



not yet born or brought to birth
still to come in the futurethe unborn world
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 unborn

Old English unboren "not yet born; stillborn," from un- (1) "not" + born. Cf. Old Frisian unbern, Dutch ongeboren, Old High German ungiporan, German ungeboren.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper