What does daughter mean?

Definitions for daughterˈdɔ tər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word daughter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. daughter, girl(noun)

    a female human offspring

    "her daughter cared for her in her old age"


  1. daughter(Noun)

    Oneu2019s female child.

  2. daughter(Noun)

    A female descendant.

  3. daughter(Noun)

    daughter language

  4. Origin: From doughter, from dohtor, from duhtēr (cf. Scots/West Frisian/Dutch dochter, German Tochter, Swedish dotter), from dʰugh₂tḗr (cf. Gaulish , Tocharian A ckācar, B tkācer, Lithuanian duktė).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daughter(noun)

    the female offspring of the human species; a female child of any age; -- applied also to the lower animals

  2. Daughter(noun)

    a female descendant; a woman

  3. Daughter(noun)

    a son's wife; a daughter-in-law

  4. Daughter(noun)

    a term of address indicating parental interest

  5. Origin: [OE. doughter, doghter, dohter, AS. dohtor, dohter; akin to OS. dohtar, D. dochter, G. tochter, Icel. dttir, Sw. dotter, Dan. dotter, datter, Goth. dahtar,, OSlav. dshti, Russ. doche, Lith. dukt, Gr. qyga`thr, Zend. dughdhar, Skr. duhit; possibly originally, the milker, cf. Skr. duh to milk. 68, 245.]


  1. Daughter

    A daughter is a female offspring; a girl, woman, or female animal in relation to her parents. Daughterhood is the state of being a daughter. The masculine counterpart is a son. Analogously the name is used in several areas to show relations between groups or elements. In patriarchal societies, daughters often have different or lesser familial rights than sons. A family may prefer to have sons rather than daughters, with the daughters subjected to female infanticide. In some societies it is the custom for a daughter to be 'sold' to her husband, who must pay a bride price. The reverse of this custom, where the parents pay the husband a sum of money to compensate for the financial burden of the woman, is found in societies where women do not labour outside the home, and is referred to as dowry. In the United States, the birth rate is 105 sons to 100 daughters which has been the natural birth rate since the 18th century. About 80 percent of prospective adoptive parents from the US will choose a girl over a boy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Daughter

    daw′tėr, n. a female child: a female descendant: woman (generally).—ns. Daugh′ter-in-law, a son's wife; Daugh′terliness; Daugh′terling, a little daughter.—adj. Daugh′terly, like or becoming a daughter. [A.S. dohtor; Scot. dochter, Ger. tochter, Gr. thygatēr.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'daughter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1079

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'daughter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1311

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'daughter' in Nouns Frequency: #384


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of daughter in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of daughter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benjamin Franklin:

    Marry your son when you will, but you daughter when you can.

  2. Johnny Depp:

    Anything I've done up till 27 May, 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    The more a mother intrudes with her advice into her married daughter’s house, the more she spoils her daughter’s relationship with the spouse.

  4. Meryl Streep:

    Tonight we light these candles to honor the value and the work of Jyoti Singh's short, promising life, she was India's daughter. Tonight she's our daughter too.

  5. Godfather, The:

    Don Corleone Someday - and that day may never come - I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as gift on my daughter's wedding day.

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