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[furst-bawrn] /ˈfɜrstˈbɔrn/
first in the order of birth; eldest.
a firstborn child.
a first result or product.
Origin of firstborn
1300-50; Middle English; see first, born Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But her seven brothers are still seven wild geese, and the Queen has found no trace of her first-born son.

  • The county has not spared her first-born—no, nor the darling of his mother!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • In a family of two brothers and one sister he was the first-born.

  • Here is the birthplace of my first-born, a place never to be forgotten by us.

    Bertha and Her Baptism Nehemiah Adams
  • Ian,” he said to his first-born, as he refilled his tin can with tea, “how many more timbers have you to prepare for the dam?

    Wrecked but not Ruined R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was during these days also that my first-born saw the light; my beautiful boy!

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • There was trouble in China and in Khaledan that day, and in each kingdom a sorrowful king wept for the madness of his first-born.

  • The mother, on her part, had taken her first-born with her into her little boudoir.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
British Dictionary definitions for first-born


eldest of the children in a family
the eldest child in a family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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first-born in the Bible

sons enjoyed certain special privileges (Deut. 21:17; Gen. 25:23, 31, 34; 49:3; 1 Chr. 5:1; Heb. 12:16; Ps. 89:27). (See BIRTHRIGHT.) The "first-born of the poor" signifies the most miserable of the poor (Isa. 14:30). The "church of the first-born" signifies the church of the redeemed. The destruction of the first-born was the last of the ten plagues inflicted on the Egyptians (Ex. 11:1-8; 12:29, 30). Menephtah is probably the Pharaoh whose first-born was slain. His son did not succeed or survive his father, but died early. The son's tomb has been found at Thebes unfinished, showing it was needed earlier than was expected. Some of the records on the tomb are as follows: "The son whom Menephtah loves; who draws towards him his father's heart, the singer, the prince of archers, who governed Egypt on behalf of his father. Dead."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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