from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. First in order of birth; born first.
- n. The child in a family who is born first.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The first child to be born to a parent or family.
- adj. Born as the first one in a family, flock or the like.
- adj. Most excellent; most distinguished or exalted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The first child born to a parent.
- adj. First brought forth; first in the order of birth; eldest; hence, most excellent; most distinguished or exalted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- First brought forth; first in the order of birth; eldest: as, the first-born son.
- Hence Most excellent; most distinguished or exalted.
- n. The first-born child; hence, the first result or product.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the offspring who came first in the order of birth
- adj. first in order of birth
Because of that, as St. John the Theologian wrote, Christ was the firstborn from the dead.
Although in the Revelation by St. John the Theologian it is written that Jesus was the firstborn from the world of the dead (Revelation 1: 5), the resurrection of Jesus is neither the only, nor the first Biblical resurrection.
For the Father of the universe has caused him to spring up as the eldest son, whom, in another passage, he calls the firstborn; and he who is thus born, imitating the ways of his Father, has formed such and such species humankind, looking to his archetypal patterns.
The lot of the firstborn is not necessarily to be envied.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
20Interrogating this question as well as developing research on the potential early meaning of the ways of naming children who came after the firstborn is not only intriguing, it is important.
My poor firstborn is where I struggle because I’m always learning the stage he’s in for the first time.
[Had I remembered that the firstborn were to be consecrated as priests or other religious functionaries before they were replaced by the Levites, I could have also mentioned that Jesus, as God’s firstborn, is our great high priest.]
Getting my mother involved in the caring of my firstborn was the best thing I ever did for myself, my baby and my marriage.
My firstborn will be a boy, he said as he set aside a cowrie shell with a hole on one side.