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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel bawrn]
    • /wɛl bɔrn/
    • /wel bɔːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel bawrn]
    • /wɛl bɔrn/

Definitions of well-born word

  • adjective well-born born of a good, noble, or highly esteemed family. 1
  • noun well-born (used with a plural verb) wellborn persons collectively (usually preceded by the): the pride and assurance of the wellborn. 1
  • adjective well-born Someone who is well-born belongs to an upper-class family. 0
  • adjective well-born having been born into a wealthy or upper-class family 0
  • adjective well-born born into a family of high social position 0
  • adjective well-born Noble; born into the upper classes. 0

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Origin of well-born

First appearance:

before 950
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 950; Middle English; Old English welboren. See well1, born

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Parts of speech for Well-born


well-born popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

Synonyms for well-born

adj well-born

  • aristocratic — Aristocratic means belonging to or typical of the aristocracy.
  • bluestocking — A bluestocking is an intellectual woman.
  • brahmin — A Brahmin is a Hindu of the highest social rank.
  • gentle — kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.

adjective well-born

  • wellborn — born of a good, noble, or highly esteemed family.

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