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[noo-bawrn, nyoo-] /ˈnuˈbɔrn, ˈnyu-/
recently or only just born.
born anew; reborn:
a newborn faith in human goodness.
noun, plural newborn, newborns.
a newborn infant; neonate.
Origin of newborn
1250-1300; Middle English; see new, born Unabridged
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  • The normal range of newborn blood sugars continues to be debated.
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  • When the eggs hatch, the newborn nymphs drop to the ground, where they burrow.
  • The newborn was swaddled and remained with its mother in the tipi for a few days.
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British Dictionary definitions for newborn


  1. recently or just born
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the newborn
(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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newborn in Medicine

newborn new·born (nōō'bôrn', nyōō'-)
Very recently born. n.
A neonate.

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