What does Daughter mean?

Definitions for Daughter
ˈdɔ tərdaugh·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Daughter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. daughter, girlnoun

    a female human offspring

    "her daughter cared for her in her old age"


  1. daughternoun

    One's female child.

  2. daughternoun

    A female descendant.

  3. daughternoun

    daughter language

  4. Etymology: 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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Daughternoun

    Etymology: dauhtar, Gothick; dohter, Saxon; dotter, Runick; dohter, German; dochter, Dutch.

    Your wives, your daughters,
    Your matrons, and your maids, could not fill up
    The cistern of my lust. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Now Aurora, daughter of the dawn,
    With rosy lustre purpled o’er the lawn. Alexander Pope, Hom. Odyssey.

    Jacob went out to see the daughters of the land. Gen. xxxiv.

    Are you at leisure, holy father, now;
    Or shall I come to you at evening mass?
    ———— My leisure serves me, pensive daughter, now. William Shakespeare.


  1. Daughter

    Daughter is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released in 1993 as the second single from the band's second studio album, Vs. (1993). Although credited to all members of Pearl Jam, it features lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music primarily written by guitarist Stone Gossard. The song topped the US Album Rock and Modern Rock Billboard charts, spending a total of eight weeks at number one on the former chart. "Daughter" eventually peaked at number 28 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, becoming the band's first Top 40 single. Outside the United States, the song reached number 16 in Canada and is Pearl Jam's highest-charting single in Ireland, reaching number four and becoming their second top-ten single. "Daughter" also reached number 11 in New Zealand and number 18 in Australia and the United Kingdom. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).


  1. daughter

    A daughter is a female child in relation to her parents, typically a biological or adopted child.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daughternoun

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

  2. Daughternoun

    a female descendant; a woman

  3. Daughternoun

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

  4. Daughternoun

    a term of address indicating parental interest

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. daughter

    A female human being cocreated by a set of parents.

    Their daughter is so loving, kind and joyful.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2020  

  2. daughter

    A female human being created with sperm and ovum.

    Our daughter is so loved, joyful and fun.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Daughter is ranked #136449 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Daughter surname appeared 123 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Daughter.

    63.4% or 78 total occurrences were White.
    22.7% or 28 total occurrences were Black.
    7.3% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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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

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  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

Examples of Daughter in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Franklin:

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

  2. Woody Allen:

    At the opera in Milan with my daughter and me, Needleman leaned out of his box and fell into the orchestra pit. Too proud to admit it was a mistake, he attended the opera every night for a month and repeated it each time.

  3. Mike Huckabee:

    The sad thing about it is she (Handler) boasts about two abortions she had at 16, i think she's jealous of my daughter. My daughter has a husband who loves her and is wonderful to her. My daughter has three delightful children. ... She goes to church and lives a life Chelsea Handler has never known.

  4. 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.

  5. Rick Friedman:

    He killed his baby and [the baby is] in the house...His wife broke up with him over the phone yesterday...I can't even believe this is happening. Steven Pladl, 42, was found dead Thursday morning in his vehicle in Dover, N.Y., several miles from the New Milford, Conn., murder scene where Katie and her adoptive father, 56-year-old Anthony Fusco, were discovered. Those two were also found dead in a vehicle that had one of its windows shot out, police said. The child’s body was found inside Pladl's home, hundreds of miles south in Knightdale, N.C., the same day. Pladl’s mother -- the one who tipped off authorities about the toddler's death -- had obtained custody of the child Steven fathered with his daughter following their arrests in January for adultery and contributing to delinquency, police told WNCN. The mother lives in Cary, about a half hour’s drive from Knightdale, and reportedly told them that Steve had picked Bennett up from her home Wednesday night. April 12, 2018: Police work at the scene where Katie Pladl and her adoptive father, Anthony Fusco, were found dead. (AP/Hearst Connecticut Media ) The toddler was found dead around 9 a.m. Thursday after officers performed a welfare check on the Knightdale home, where Pladl -- and previously his daughter -- had lived. Katie Pladl moved out of the home earlier this year and was living with her adoptive family in New York after bonding out of jail in Virginia, WNCN reported, citing court documents. It appeared Steven Pladl drove through the night Wednesday to hunt down his daughter and Fusco. They were found dead around 8:40 a.m. Thursday, and Pladl shot himself shortly afterward. This is a terrible tragedy that nobody foresaw, i really believe that if the judges or the prosecutor or the defense attorneys in this case had any clue that the minor child or anyone would be harmed there would not be a bond set for any of the parties.

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