What does daughter mean?

Definitions for daughter
ˈdɔ tərdaugh·ter

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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.

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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  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. Lynne Austin:

    Oh they love the title of [first Hooters girl], back in elementary school, they would go, ‘Mom! My teacher knows who you are! My teacher loves Hooters… I would totally let my daughter be a Hooters girl if she didn’t have to drive back home at night alone. But if I could drive her there and back? Absolutely.

  2. Natalie Wood:

    We gave Evan the last rites and then we turned off her life support, she was declared brain dead…The hospital kept giving me a sliver of hope. I knew it was wrong, but I wanted it to be true. So I hung on for a week. It’s rough. I feel like I’ve been very, very beaten. I hurt from head to toe with the pain of losing my daughter.

  3. Tyler Tessier:

    The pregnant teacher did n’t show up to her first day of school on Sept. 5. On Sept. 7, her vehicle was found parked five minutes away from the school she worked at. PREGNANT MARYLAND TEACHER REPORTED MISSING AFTER SENDING' TROUBLING' TEXT MESSAGE On Monday, Wallen’s father, Mark, pleaded with the public at a news conference for information on his daughter and was offering a $ 25,000 reward for anything on her whereabouts, while Tyler Tessier, who also spoke, said Tyler Tessier was praying Wallen would be found safe. Laura, if you are listening, it doesn't matter what’s happened, it doesn't matter what type of trouble, there is nothing we can't fix together – myself and yourfamily, there are so many people, so many people that miss you, so many people who were out, who haven't slept. We haven't eaten. We are just looking or praying that you are safe.

  4. Padma Lakshmi:

    I really got close to Anthony Bourdain after the birth of my daughter, i may have even been a bit intimidated by Anthony Bourdain before that. I think Anthony Bourdain could see what I was dealing with and juggling. And Anthony Bourdain had a lot of empathy for that.

  5. James Waldroup:

    And she turned around took her mask off so I could see her face and yelled at me it’s my daughter's fault.

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