Definition of “birthplace” - English Dictionary


“birthplace” in English

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birthplacenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈbɜːθ.pleɪs/ us /ˈbɝːθ.pleɪs/

Examples from literature

  • He showed us the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and after we had reflected in silent awe before it for fifteen minutes, he said it was not the birthplace of Columbus, but of Columbus' grandmother! 
  • I wanted to say that I am sure you have no reason to feel ashamed of your birthplace, and that perhaps I ought not to have asked a question that you evidently do not want to answer. 
  • In the course of a brief interview he confided to ye scribe that on his present trip to the outside he would not again revisit his birthplace, the city of New York, as he did last year. 
  • The large village was the birthplace of Admiral Hardy, whose ugly monument upon the hill does not improve the landscape. 
  • This sylvan retreat was the birthplace of Pan, and no more fitting home for the universal god can be imagined. 

(Definition of “birthplace” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“birthplace” in American English

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birthplacenoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɜrθˌpleɪs/

the town or other place where a person was born:

The town was the birthplace (1868) of black writer W.E.B. DuBois.

The birthplace of something is the place where it began or first developed:

Known for its famous Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans is called the birthplace of jazz.

(Definition of “birthplace” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)