daughter

[daw-ter]
noun
1.
a female child or person in relation to her parents.
2.
any female descendant.
3.
a person related as if by the ties binding daughter to parent: daughter of the church.
4.
anything personified as female and considered with respect to its origin: The United States is the daughter of the 13 colonies.
5.
Chemistry, Physics. an isotope formed by radioactive decay of another isotope.
adjective
6.
Biology. pertaining to a cell or other structure arising from division or replication: daughter cell; daughter DNA.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English doughter, Old English dohtor; cognate with German Tochter, Greek thygátēr, Sanskrit duhitā

daughterless, adjective
daughterlike, adjective
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daughter (ˈdɔːtə)
 
n
1.  a female offspring; a girl or woman in relation to her parents
2.  a female descendant
3.  a female from a certain country, etc, or one closely connected with a certain environment, etc: a daughter of the church Related: filial
4.  archaic (often capital) a form of address for a girl or woman
 
modifier
5.  biology denoting a cell or unicellular organism produced by the division of one of its own kind
6.  physics (of a nuclide) formed from another nuclide by radioactive decay
 
Related: filial
 
[Old English dohtor; related to Old High German tohter daughter, Greek thugatēr, Sanskrit duhitá]
 
'daughterhood
 
n
 
'daughterless
 
adj
 
'daughter-like
 
adj
 
'daughterliness
 
n
 
'daughterly
 
adj

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daughter
O.E. dohtor, from P.Gmc. *dochter, earlier *dhukter, from PIE *dhugheter (cf. Ger. tochter, Skt. duhitar-, Armenian dustr, O.C.S. dusti, Lith. dukte, Gk. thygater). The modern spelling evolved in southern England, 16c.
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Daughter definition


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.

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Example sentences for daughters
A series of antiphonal remarks are provided by the daughters of jerusalem.
She seemed to pay more attention to him that any of her four daughters.
She has two daughters, moulin and drumlin, and a mechanical bodyguard.
He is also a widower, left to singlehandedly take care of his three daughters.
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