- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɔːn/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɔɹn/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)n
- Homophones: borne, bourn, bourne, Bourne (in accents with the horse-hoarse merger), bawn (in non-rhotic accents)
From Middle English born, boren, borne, iborne, from Old English boren, ġeboren, from Proto-West Germanic *boran, *giboran, from Proto-Germanic *buranaz, past participle of Proto-Germanic *beraną (“to bear, carry”), equivalent to bear + -en. Cognate with Saterland Frisian gebooren (“born”), West Frisian berne (“born”), Dutch geboren (“born”), German geboren (“born”), Swedish boren (“born”).
- past participle of ; given birth to.
- Although not born in the country, she qualifies for nationality through her grandparents.
- (obsolete) past participle of in other senses.
born (not comparable)
- Having from birth (or as if from birth) a certain quality or character; innate; inherited.
- 1942, Storm Jameson, Then we shall hear singing: a fantasy in C major:
- I ought really to have called him my sergeant. He's a born sergeant. That's as much as to say he's a born scoundrel.
- 1965, Herbert, Frank, Dune (Science Fiction), New York: Ace Books, OCLC 15383013, page 118:
- “Your desert boots are fitted slip-fashion at the ankles. Who told you to do that?”
"It . . . seemed the right way."
"That it most certainly is."
And Kynes rubbed his cheek, thinking of the legend: "He shall know your ways as though born to them."
Dialectal variant of burn.
born (plural borns)
- (Tyneside) Alternative spelling of (a stream)
- Frank Graham (1987) The New Geordie Dictionary, →ISBN
- (Tyneside) Alternative spelling of (with fire etc.)
- Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, 
born f (plural bornen)
- (dialectal) Obsolete form of .