from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One's female child.
  • noun A female descendant.
  • noun A woman considered as if in a relationship of child to parent.
  • noun One that is personified or regarded as a female descendant.
  • noun The immediate product of the radioactive decay of an element.
  • adjective Possessing the characteristics of a daughter; having the relationship of a daughter.
  • adjective Of or relating to a cell, organelle, or other structure produced by division or replication.
  • adjective Produced by or resulting from the decay of a radioactive element.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female child, considered with reference to her parents.
  • noun A female descendant, in any degree.
  • noun A woman viewed as standing in an analogous relationship, as to the parents of her husband (daughter-in-law), to her native country, the church, a guardian or elderly adviser, etc.
  • noun Anything (regarded as of the feminine gender) considered with respect to its source, origin, or function: as, the Romance tongues are the daughters of the Latin language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The female offspring of the human species; a female child of any age; -- applied also to the lower animals.
  • noun A female descendant; a woman.
  • noun A son's wife; a daughter-in-law.
  • noun A term of address indicating parental interest.
  • noun (Biol.) one of the cells formed by cell division. See Cell division, under Division.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One’s female child.
  • noun A female descendant.
  • noun daughter language

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a female human offspring


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English doughter, from Old English dohtor; see dhugəter- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English doughter, from Old English dōhtor, from Proto-Germanic *duhtēr (cf. Scots/West Frisian/Dutch dochter, German Tochter, Swedish dotter), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰugh₂tḗr (compare Ancient Greek θυγάτηρ (thugatēr), Gaulish duxtīr, Tocharian A ckācar, Tocharian B tkācer, Lithuanian duktė̃, Armenian դուստր (dustr), Persian دختر (doχtar), Sanskrit दुहितृ (duhitṛ)).


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  • I stayed with my oldest daughter for a while and then my youngest daughterߞ.

    Oral History Interview with Florence Dillahunt, May 31, 2001. Interview K-0580. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) 2001

  • Fairbanks was unusually social and winning that afternoon, when he found them rising from the lunch in the field; and he conversed freely and pleasantly with Mrs. Fabens and her daughter, as they departed for the house; and then turned to Fabens and conversed a long while, saying at last -- "That is your _only daughter_, I believe, Judge?"

    Summerfield or, Life on a Farm Day Kellogg Lee

  • Or, still later, how the revulsion takes her, Saul’s daughter, as she sees David capering home before the ark, and how her affection had done with this emotional man of the ruddy countenance, so prone to weep in his bed: And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter—

    VIII. On Reading the Bible (I) 1920

  • Meantime it is enough to mention that my daughter -- how grand I thought it when I first said _my daughter_!

    The Vicar's Daughter George MacDonald 1864

  • * This was his fecond wife, Catharine the daughter of Captain Woodcock of Hackney, who lived with him not above a year after their maniage, and died in child* bed of a daughter*

    The Works of the English Poets.: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical 1779

  • Faancis Sherard* Esq. succeeded to the Family Estates* and died 15Q4, having married Anne* daughter of George Moore* of Bnrne* in LitKX) ln8bire* by whom he had a daughter* Rose* mar - ried to John Sherard of Lobthorpe* Esq. and three sons.

    Collins's Peerage of England; Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical 1812

  • Their virgin daughter is now pregnant, and supernaturally?

    On Faith Hal Duncan 2008

  • Anu and as the daughter of Sin is not an important one, the term daughter in both cases being a metaphor to express a relationship both of physical nature and of a political character.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria Morris Jastrow 1891

  • My daughter in law and I hate the term daughter-in-law and mother-in-law.

    Here There and Everywhere intlxpatr 2010

  • Of course: just like her daughter made all those comments on the news story with her password, her daughter is the one who ran all the red lights in her car!

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Judge Scofflaw 2010


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