• WordNet 3.6
    • adj firstborn first in order of birth "the firstborn child"
    • n firstborn the offspring who came first in the order of birth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Firstborn First brought forth; first in the order of birth; eldest; hence, most excellent; most distinguished or exalted; as, the firstborn child.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • firstborn First brought forth; first in the order of birth; eldest: as, the first-born son.
    • firstborn Hence Most excellent; most distinguished or exalted.
    • n firstborn The first-born child; hence, the first result or product.
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In literature:

They took my son, my firstborn, and I was silent, though it brake my heart.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
And when she put my firstborn son into my arms, I had no high thoughts.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
His first vicarious sacrifice is his firstborn, but if he can get a war captive from a foreign group this substitute may be accepted.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
To the god she promised to give her firstborn child.
"Indian Story and Song" by Alice C. Fletcher
Both of his daughters were dead when, on April 26, he christened his firstborn son William.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
Arthur Latimer's tragedy had come, and Danvers, unfamiliar with death, knew no words of consolation for the father bereft of his firstborn.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
She had laid her firstborn in the grave long ago, and lately her little Gustaf had been placed beside him in the churchyard.
"The Golden House" by Mrs. Woods Baker
The firstborn is consecrated to a gonpa, which is inevitably found upon an elevation, at the entrance of every village.
"The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" by Nicolas Notovitch
She was lying asleep, with one hand upon the face of her firstborn, and the prince was afraid to go further.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Paul who knew Him as the Firstborn so well found it not grievous to write the same thing.
"The Lord of Glory" by Arno Gaebelein
His firstborn, as has been said, did not live.
"Sir Walter Scott" by George Saintsbury
He was prouder of them than a father might be of his firstborn son, and as careful of them as any doting mother.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
One quick movement of her head satisfied the mother that her four firstborn were safe and well disposed.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
Am I to be crush'd, and be no more the firstborn Son on Earth, but bow and kneel to him?
"The History of the Devil" by Daniel Defoe
Only the firstborn married.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
It is very hard to place my firstborn among strangers.
"To The Work! To The Work!" by Dwight Moody
Her smooth white skin makes me tremble; it has never flushed with delight over the innocent smiles of her firstborn.
"The Sword of Damocles" by Anna Katharine Green
The titles are all hereditary, but they descend to the firstborn only, younger children having no distinguishing appellation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

I love a storm in early May
When springtime's boisterous, firstborn thunder
Over the sky will gaily wander
And growl and roar as though in play.
"Spring Storm" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
What can I do, singer and firstborn,
In a world where the blackest - is gray!
Where inspiration is kept, as in a thermos!
With this infinity
In a finite world?!
"Poets (excerpt)" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
And with divine triumphant awe
My spirit moved within me saw,
With burning passion of stretched eyes,
Clear as the light's own firstborn law,
In windless wastes of skies
Time's deep dawn rise.
"On The Downs" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

EXODUS praises the first Jewish craftsman, Bezalel, who made the Ark of the Covenant, and firstborn males in artistic Jewish families are frequently given his name.
This work is a rare treat, as Cash, firstborn to country music legend Johnny Cash, is not only a hereditary celebrity musician, having made scores of albums and #1 singles, but a terrific writer in her own right.
Bank of America wants to steal your $5 and likely your firstborn too.
Kathy Griffin won't be making fun of her for naming her firstborn daughter Maxwell Drew.
Dolly and her firstborn lamb.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.
John Lennon's firstborn, Julian, expressed on Facebook his bitter disappointment at apparently being snubbed by Paul and other Beatles when it comes to being invited to several recent big Beatle events.
Ever the firstborn princess of persuasion in her family, attorney Rania Nasreddine sat her mother and father down and stated her case.
Eric has always hoped his firstborn child would be a boy, so the news of the child's sex was really happy news for him.
0When Army Specialist Joshua Alvear saw his firstborn son for the first time , all he could do was smile.
A few days ago, I accompanied our firstborn to high school orientation.
When I was 24 years old, I brought my firstborn son, 3-week-old Jacob, to my childhood home on the Eastern End of Long Island to meet his grandparents.
I tend to the latter reading and see the martyrs , naturally, as amongst "the assembly of the firstborn".
How being the firstborn, middle child, last-born, or only child may affect your behavior more than you think.
Firstborn sons were slain in houses where there was no blood.