The birth of a nation.
When a pregnant woman delivers a baby and the child comes from her womb out of the birth canal into the world, this is an example of birth.
When two friends are sitting around and one of them has an idea to start a company, which they then go on to start, the initial conversation about the company is an example of the birth of the company.
Strong-willed by birth; acquired their wealth through birth.
A Spaniard by birth.
Intersex babies account for roughly one per cent of all births.
An example of birth used as an adjective is birth mother.
When a pregnant woman has contractions, goes to the hospital and has her baby delivered, this is an example of a situation where she births the baby.
The mare's second birth.
An incident that took place before my birth; a Bostonian by birth.
Of Swedish birth; of humble birth.
Persons of birth.
The birth of an empire.
He was of noble birth, but fortune had not favored him.
Her birth father left when she was a baby; she was raised by her mother and stepfather.
A man of birth.
An actress by birth.
Birth mother, birth parents.
- to bring forth offspring
- to bring forth (offspring)
- to be the cause or origin of; originate; create
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of birth
- Middle English probably of Scandinavian origin bher-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English birthe (1250), from earlier burthe, burde, from Old Norse burðr, byrd (Old Swedish byrth, Swedish börd), replacing Old English gebyrd (rare variant byrþ). The Old Norse is from Proto-Germanic *burdiz (compare Old Frisian berde, berd); Old English gebyrd is from prefixed *gaburdiz (compare Dutch geboorte, German Geburt), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰr̥tis (compare Latin fors ‘luck’, Old Irish brith), from *bʰer- ‘to carry, bear’. More at bear.