from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past participle of bear1.
  • adj. Brought into life by birth.
  • adj. Brought into existence; created: A new nation was born with the revolution.
  • adj. Having from birth a particular quality or talent: a born artist.
  • adj. Destined, or seemingly destined, from birth: a person born to lead.
  • adj. Resulting or arising: wisdom born of experience.
  • adj. Native to a particular country, region, or place. Often used in combination: Irish-born; Southern born and bred; Boston-born.
  • idiom born yesterday Naive or ignorant. Used in negative constructions: Of course I can use a computer; I wasn't born yesterday.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Past participle of bear; given birth to.
  • adj. Well suited to (some behaviour or occupation), as though from birth.
  • n. Alternative spelling of burn. A stream.
  • v. Alternative spelling of burn. With fire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brought forth, as an animal; brought into life; introduced by birth.
  • Having from birth a certain character; by or from birth; by nature; innate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessing from birth the quality or character stated: as, a born poet; a born fool.
  • Innate; inherited; produced with a person at birth: as, born wit; born dignity: in both senses opposed to acquired after birth or from experience.
  • Often abbreviated to b.
  • See bone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. brought into existence
  • n. British nuclear physicist (born in Germany) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics (1882-1970)
  • adj. being talented through inherited qualities


From the verb to bear. (Wiktionary)
Dialectal variant of burn. (Wiktionary)



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