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

  • n. One's female child.
  • n. A female descendant.
  • n. A woman considered as if in a relationship of child to parent: a daughter of the nation.
  • n. One personified or regarded as a female descendant: "Culturally Japan is a daughter of Chinese civilization” ( Edwin O. Reischauer).
  • n. Physics The immediate product of the radioactive decay of an element.
  • adj. Possessing the characteristics of a daughter; having the relationship of a daughter.
  • adj. Biology Of or relating to a cell, organelle, or other structure produced by division or replication: daughter cell; daughter DNA.
  • adj. Physics Produced by or resulting from the decay of a radioactive element: daughter atom; daughter nuclide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The female offspring of the human species; a female child of any age; -- applied also to the lower animals.
  • n. A female descendant; a woman.
  • n. A son's wife; a daughter-in-law.
  • n. A term of address indicating parental interest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female child, considered with reference to her parents.
  • n. A female descendant, in any degree.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a female human offspring


Middle English doughter, from Old English dohtor; see dhugəter- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)). (Wiktionary)



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