Daugh"ter (?), n.; pl. Daughters (#); obs. pl. Daughtren (#). [OE. doughter, doghter, dohter, AS. dohtor, dohter; akin to OS. dohtar, D. dochter, G. tochter, Icel. dtir, Sw. dotter, Dan. dotter, datter, Goth. da�xa3;htar,, OSlav. dshti, Russ. doche, Lith. dukt, Gr. , Zen. dughdhar, Skr. duhit; possibly originally, the milker, cf. Skr. duh to milk. &root;68, 245.]


The female offspring of the human species; a female child of any age; -- applied also to the lower animals.


A female descendant; a woman.

This woman, being a daughter of Abraham. Luke xiii. 16.

Dinah, the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughter of the land. Gen. xxxiv. 1.


A son's wife; a daughter-in-law.

And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters. Ruth. i. 11.


A term of adress indicating parental interest.

Daughter, be of good comfort. Matt. ix. 22.

Daughter cell Biol., one of the cells formed by cell division. See Cell division, under Division.


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