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last-born Syllabification: last-born

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of last-born in English:


Last in order of birth; youngest.
Example sentences
  • Thirty-five percent were first-born children and 25% were last-born; 15% were only children.
  • An increased laying interval would create a large hatching interval for last-born chicks with potential negative effects on their survival.
  • Furthermore, with the last-born children united by a mystical relation to first-born siblings, the series of siblings comes full circle - is complete - which explains the birth-control connotation of the practice.


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A youngest or last-born child.
Example sentences
  • Frank Sulloway, a Harvard historian and psychologist, has spent 26 years researching his book, Born to Rebel, in which he concludes that first-borns are conscientious and responsible while last-borns are rebels and radicals.
  • Traits of last-borns include charm, tendency to be manipulative, persistence, and love of attention.
  • Singh reported that last-borns were more extroverted; sociability is a major component of extroversion.
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