birth certificate

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birth certificate (plural birth certificates)

  1. An official document certifying the details of a person's birth. Name, date, and parents' names are always present; details such as parents' occupation and religion may be included.
    • 2013 September 14, Jane Shilling, “The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, review [print edition: Illuminating language]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], page R28:
      [T]he pleasure of writing on wax with a stylus is exemplified by the fine, flowing hand of a Roman scribe who made out the birth certificate of Herennia Gemella, born March 128 AD.


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