Definition of born in English:


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  • 1be bornCome into existence as a result of birth.

    ‘she was born in Seattle’
    • ‘he was born of Greek parents’
    • ‘I was born with a sense of curiosity’
    • ‘a newly born baby’
    1. 1.1be born to do somethingBe perfectly suited or trained to do a particular job or hold a particular role.
      • ‘they are born to rule’
    2. 1.2be born(of an organization, movement, or idea) be brought into existence.
      ‘on January 1 1992 the new company was born’
      • ‘the sound bite was born in the TV newsroom’
    3. 1.3be born ofExist as a result of (a particular situation or feeling)
      • ‘his work is born of despair’



/bôrn/ /bɔrn/


  • 1in combination Having a specific nationality.

    • ‘a German-born philosopher’
  • 2attributive Having a natural ability to do a particular job.

    • ‘he's a born engineer’
    born, naturally gifted, untaught



/bôrn/ /bɔrn/


On the difference between born and borne, see


    be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
    • Be born into a wealthy family of high social standing.

      • ‘it's obvious that he wasn't raised with a silver spoon’
    born and bred
    • By birth and upbringing, especially when considered a typical product of a place.

      ‘he was a born and bred product of the Bronx’
      • ‘‘A lot of it is what I remember from my youth,’ said David, who was born and bred in Cowling.’
      • ‘Tom is London born and bred, which is clear from his sound, his voice, but it isn't London-y in an overbearing way either, which is nice.’
      • ‘But it could demonstrate a twisted streak in him that he would not want to play for the country both he and his parents were born and bred in.’
      • ‘A Blade born and bred, he quite obviously couldn't have been more excited if he'd been handed the keys to Old Trafford or the Bernabeu.’
      • ‘He is proud of the fact that he is born and bred in Durrow.’
      • ‘He was born and bred here and was extremely well liked.’
      • ‘Madrid born and bred, his family were ardent Atletico fans.’
      • ‘Based on her memories of the north-east town of Strichen, where she was born and bred, it was generally well-received.’
      • ‘Chili was born and bred in San Antonio and real chili never met a tomato!’
      • ‘Cleckheaton born and bred, he originally trained as a chef because his father was a pub landlord, but he decided on a career in teaching instead.’
      • ‘What would then happen if we went riding on the land belonging to my brother and I and chased a fox, which had been born and bred on our land and had eaten our pheasants?’
      • ‘Being Glaswegian born and bred, I have an inexplicable dislike of Edinburgh and the thought of a day in the capital did not really appeal to me.’
      • ‘The first group of bombers were rather well-to-do, born and bred in Britain for the most part.’
      • ‘Although born and bred in Lismore, over the last two years the article has been done from our new hometown, Brisbane.’
      • ‘Mr Leahy, born and bred in Dublin, was called to the bar in 1979 and made a senior counsel in 1997.’
      • ‘The dog born and bred in the parish certainly proved a true champion in the final on Saturday night, June 1st.’
      • ‘As a Yorkshireman, born and bred, I would always argue that the best parts of England lie within the county's boundaries.’
      • ‘Both Mike and Rita are born and bred in the Test Valley area.’
      • ‘I was born and bred in Belfast but my parents are from Dungannon and I've always played for Dungannon.’
      • ‘A Langcliffe woman who was born and bred by the sea has joined the crew of a tall ship to raise funds for the Mission to Seafarers charity.’
    in all one's born days
    • Used to express surprise or shock at something one has not encountered before.

      ‘in all my born days I've never seen the like of it’
      • ‘It's not going to be very difficult to convince me to attend anything at the Esplanade Studios in future, because I have never heard such amazing sound in a gig in all my born days.’
      • ‘‘Never in all our born days!’ the woman exclaimed.’
      • ‘Finally he pushed his chair back, wiped his mouth with a sleeve that had seen such service often before and spoke: ‘Bruther, that was the best feed I ever had in all my born days.’’
      • ‘I never saw that degree of consistency from garden produce, not in all my born days I didn't.’
      • ‘There she saw a pair of family-heirloom "candlewick" bedspreads, the handsomest bedspreads she had seen in all her born days.’
      • ‘She told me that in all her born days she had never had to do anything like that and that she was not intending to in the near future, either.’
      • ‘Edith said she had never seen anything like it in "all her born days".’
      • ‘In the castle kitchen a great fire was blazing, and Halvor went into it, but such a kitchen he had never seen in all his born days.’
      • ‘Even if she did still seem mad, and possessed a voice shrill enough to crack glass, she was the most gorgeous female he'd ever seen in all his born days.’
      • ‘“He never had a gun like this in his hand in all his born days.”’
      • ‘"In all my born days, in all my experience on the job, I haven't seen anything like this."’
      • ‘That was the strangest thing I ever saw in all my born days.’
      • ‘In all my born days I have never seen a West Indies side capitulate as often, as feebly or as carelessly as this one has done time and time again.’
      • ‘You never heard such screaming and carryin' on in all your born days!’
      • ‘You never saw such an attentive audience in all your born days.’
    one wasn't born yesterday
    • Used to indicate that one is not foolish or gullible.

      ‘I may sell Bibles but I know which end is up and I wasn't born yesterday and I know where I'm going!’
      • ‘Listen, I wasn't born yesterday… you think that if you're nice to Jeremy he'll open up to you and that's when you strike in for the kill.’
      • ‘Now Pet, you of all people know I wasn't born yesterday.’
      • ‘Unless time and space are incredibly unstable, I wasn't born yesterday, and I don't fall for tricks.’
      • ‘Just because I was in pain didn't mean I was an idiot; I wasn't born yesterday.’
    there's one born every minute
    • There are many gullible people.

      • ‘Nevertheless, the comments show that there's one born every minute.’
      • ‘Astrology proves one thing and one thing only—there's one born every minute.’
      • ‘However, generally accepted accounting principles, in their wisdom, also give companies the flexibility to book the revenue when such claims are filed (on the assumption, I guess, that there's a sucker born every minute.)’
      • ‘Cheval Théâtre is selling out and, indeed, the run has been extended an extra week, proving P.T. Barnum's contention that there's a sucker born every minute.’
      • ‘‘There's a sucker born every minute,’ said P.T. Barnum, the circus impresario.’
      • ‘Sure there's a sucker born every minute, but the alarming regularity at which these ideas conceived by the company are actually sold to clients defies comprehension.’
      • ‘No doubt the odd ‘valued customer’ will fall for this latest spam scam; after all, there's a sucker born every minute.’
      • ‘Couple this with P.T. Barnum's claim that there's a sucker born every minute, and a substantial boutique market for pure water appears.’
      • ‘There is an endless market for this kind of junk, a sucker born every minute at the very least.’
      • ‘There's a sucker born every minute, or something like that, and tonight I met a big one.’
      • ‘P.T. Barnum once volunteered a $10,000 prize to anyone who could make him the butt of his own famous phrase, ‘There's a sucker born every minute.’’
      • ‘Look no further than eBay, which, proving there's a sucker born every minute, is the host for auctions for ‘memorabilia’ from the Pacers-Pistons brawl.’
      • ‘As the man said—and he was in a position to know—there's a sucker born every minute.’
      • ‘What I do know is that Lynxvosmia promises Stephen true eternal life, which I guess means there really is a sucker born every minute.’
      • ‘While browsing through my spam this weekend I came across the quintessential proof that perhaps there is a sucker born every minute.’
      • ‘There's a sucker born every minute, and every one of them will fall for any worm and virus that hits their in-box.’
      • ‘Seems as if they think that there's one born every minute.’
      • ‘There really is one born every minute!’
      • ‘There really is one born every minute.’
      • ‘Yeah, well, there really is one born every minute and there were two of us out shopping for vacuums that night so we just ate it right up.’


Old English boren, past participle of beran ‘to bear’ (see bear).