born (adj.)

Old English boren, alternative past participle of beran (see bear (v.)). "In modern use the connexion with bear is no longer felt; the phrase to be born has become virtually an intr. verb" [OED]. Distinction between born and borne (q.v.) is 17c. From early 14c. as "possessing from birth the character or quality described" (born poet, born loser, etc.). From 1710 as "innate, inherited;" colloquial expression in (one's) born days "in (one's) lifetime" is by 1742.

The -en of the Middle English past participles tended to drop the -e- in some verbs, especially after vowels, -r-, and -l- , hence also slain, etc., Middle English stoln.

updated on March 13, 2022

Definitions of born from WordNet
born (adj.)
being talented through inherited qualities;
a born musician
Synonyms: natural / innate
born (adj.)
brought into existence;
he was a child born of adultery
Born (n.)
British nuclear physicist (born in Germany) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics (1882-1970);
Synonyms: Max Born
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