- a female child or person in relation to her parents.
- any female descendant.
- a person related as if by the ties binding daughter to parent: daughter of the church.
- anything personified as female and considered with respect to its origin: The United States is the daughter of the 13 colonies.
- Chemistry, Physics. an isotope formed by radioactive decay of another isotope.
- Biology. pertaining to a cell or other structure arising from division or replication: daughter cell; daughter DNA.
- a female offspring; a girl or woman in relation to her parents
- a female descendant
- a female from a certain country, etc, or one closely connected with a certain environment, etca daughter of the church Related adjective: filial
- (often capital) archaic a form of address for a girl or woman
- biology denoting a cell or unicellular organism produced by the division of one of its own kind
- physics (of a nuclide) formed from another nuclide by radioactive decay
Old English dohtor, from Proto-Germanic *dochter, earlier *dhukter (cf. Old Saxon dohtar, Old Norse dottir, Old Frisian and Dutch dochter, German Tochter, Gothic dauhtar), from PIE *dhugheter (cf. Sanskrit duhitar-, Avestan dugeda-, Armenian dustr, Old Church Slavonic dušti, Lithuanian dukte, Greek thygater). The common Indo-European word, lost in Celtic and Latin (Latin filia “daughter” is fem. of filius “son”). The modern spelling evolved 16c. in southern England. Daughter-in-law is attested from late 14c.