AskDefine | Define daughter

Dictionary Definition

daughter n : a female human offspring; "her daughter cared for her in her old age" [syn: girl] [ant: son, son]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl ang dohtor, from , from . Cognates include (from Germanic) Scots dochter, Dutch dochter, German Tochter, Swedish dotter; (from PIE) Russian дочь, Persian دختر, Ancient Greek θυγάτηρ, Lithuanian duktė.



  1. One’s female child.
    I already have a son, so I would like to have a daughter.
    The Chinese and Indians say all too often: "I want a son, not a daughter".
  2. A female descendant.


female child


Extensive Definition

A daughter is a female offspring; a girl, woman, or female animal in relation to her parents. The male equivalent is a son. Analogously the name is used on several areas to show relations between groups or elements.


A daughter is the female offspring of the animal.


A daughter plant is an offspring grown sex out of a part of the plant, for example out of a leaf.

Genderless species

The term daughter is also sometimes used to refer to offspring in the case of genderless species or cell division, where the parent is referred to as mother. It can also refer to something personified in relation to its source, as in Truth is the daughter of Time, or to the terms mother ship and daughter ship.

General relationship

The term can also refer to the subordinate in any relationship where the superior entity is referred to as mother, for example, a daughter ship. It may depend on time relations or on structure relations.
daughter in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Dohtor
daughter in Czech: Dcera
daughter in Danish: Datter
daughter in Esperanto: Filino
daughter in Korean: 딸
daughter in Dutch: Dochter
daughter in Dutch Low Saxon: Deern
daughter in Polish: Córka
daughter in Simple English: Daughter
daughter in Slovak: Dcéra
daughter in Swedish: Dotter
daughter in Yiddish: טאכטער
daughter in Chinese: 女兒

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aunt, auntie, blood brother, brethren, brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, child, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, descendant, father, first cousin, foster brother, foster child, frater, grandchild, granddaughter, grandnephew, grandniece, grandson, granduncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, half brother, heiress, kid brother, mother, nephew, niece, nuncle, nunks, nunky, offspring, scion, second cousin, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, son, son and heir, sonny, stepbrother, stepchild, stepdaughter, stepsister, stepson, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother
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