Definition of daughter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɔːtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːtər//
    Youth, Relations
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  1. 1  a person’s female child We have two sons and a daughter. They have three grown-up daughters. She's the daughter of an Oxford professor. CollocationsChildrenHaving a baby/​child want a baby/​a child/​kids start a family conceive/​be expecting/​be going to have a baby/​child miss your period become/​get/​be/​find out that you are pregnant have a baby/​a child/​kids/​a son/​a daughter/​twins/​a family have a normal/​a difficult/​an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/​a difficult/​a home birth be in/​go into/​induce labour (especially US English) labor have/​suffer/​cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/​baby/​daughter/​son/​twinsParenting bring up/ (especially North American English) raise a child/​family care for/ (especially British English) look after a baby/​child/​kid change (British English) a nappy/(North American English) a diaper/​a baby feed/​breastfeed/​bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/​go on maternity/​paternity leave go back/​return to work after maternity leave need/​find/​get a babysitter/​good quality affordable childcare balance/​combine work and childcare/​child-rearing/​family life educate/​teach/​home-school a child/​kid punish/​discipline/​spoil a child/​kid adopt a baby/​child/​kid offer a baby for/​put a baby up for adoption (especially British English) foster a child/​kid be placed with/​be raised by foster parents see also god-daughter, granddaughter, stepdaughter See related entries: Youth, Relations
  2. 2(literary) a woman who belongs to a particular place or country, etc. one of the town’s most famous daughters
  3. Word OriginOld English dohtor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dochter and German Tochter, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek thugatēr.Extra examples Living alone and trying to bring up a small daughter is no easy task. They have three young daughters. They’ve got three young daughters.
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