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[daw-ter] /ˈdɔ tər/
a female child or person in relation to her parents.
any female descendant.
a person related as if by the ties binding daughter to parent:
daughter of the church.
anything personified as female and considered with respect to its origin:
The United States is the daughter of the 13 colonies.
Chemistry, Physics. an isotope formed by radioactive decay of another isotope.
Biology. pertaining to a cell or other structure arising from division or replication:
daughter cell; daughter DNA.
Origin of daughter
before 950; Middle English doughter, Old English dohtor; cognate with German Tochter, Greek thygátēr, Sanskrit duhitā
Related forms
daughterless, adjective
daughterlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • She begged of him to command his brother Pluto to return her daughter to her.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Eucoline, the daughter of Agatho, attended me, carrying a lighted torch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Betsy, my daughter, as you know, is to be married to him next month.

  • He was rich and he was willing to take the daughter without a single penny.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • daughter of a king I am,” said Rosaleen, “but not of the king who rules these realms.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
British Dictionary definitions for daughter


a female offspring; a girl or woman in relation to her parents
a female descendant
a female from a certain country, etc, or one closely connected with a certain environment, etc: a daughter of the church, related adjective filial
(often capital) (archaic) a form of address for a girl or woman
(biology) denoting a cell or unicellular organism produced by the division of one of its own kind
(physics) (of a nuclide) formed from another nuclide by radioactive decay
Derived Forms
daughterhood, noun
daughterless, adjective
daughter-like, adjective
daughterliness, noun
daughterly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dohtor; related to Old High German tohter daughter, Greek thugatēr, Sanskrit duhitá
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Word Origin and History for daughter

Old English dohtor, from Proto-Germanic *dochter, earlier *dhukter (cf. Old Saxon dohtar, Old Norse dottir, Old Frisian and Dutch dochter, German Tochter, Gothic dauhtar), from PIE *dhugheter (cf. Sanskrit duhitar-, Avestan dugeda-, Armenian dustr, Old Church Slavonic dušti, Lithuanian dukte, Greek thygater). The common Indo-European word, lost in Celtic and Latin (Latin filia "daughter" is fem. of filius "son"). The modern spelling evolved 16c. in southern England. Daughter-in-law is attested from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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daughter in Technology

mathematics, data
(Or "child", "successor") In a tree, a node pointed to by a parent, i.e. another node closer to the root node.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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daughter in the Bible

This word, besides its natural and proper sense, is used to designate, (1.) A niece or any female descendant (Gen. 20:12; 24:48; 28:6). (2.) Women as natives of a place, or as professing the religion of a place; as, "the daughters of Zion" (Isa. 3:16), "daughters of the Philistines" (2 Sam. 1:20). (3.) Small towns and villages lying around a city are its "daughters," as related to the metropolis or mother city. Tyre is in this sense called the daughter of Sidon (Isa. 23:12). (4.) The people of Jerusalem are spoken of as "the daughters of Zion" (Isa. 37:22). (5.) The daughters of a tree are its boughs (Gen. 49:22). (6.) The "daughters of music" (Eccl. 12:4) are singing women.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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