AskDefine | Define birthplace

Dictionary Definition



1 the place where someone was born [syn: place of birth]
2 where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence; "the birthplace of civilization" [syn: cradle, place of origin, provenance]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The location where a person was born
    Portsmouth was Charles Dickens' birthplace.



Extensive Definition

The place of birth is the place where a person was born. This place is often used in legal documents, together with name and date of birth, to uniquely identify a person. The place of birth is not necessarily the place were the parents of the new baby live. If the baby is born in a hospital in another place, that place is the place of birth. In many countries, this also means that the government requires that the birth of the new baby is registered in the place of birth.
In other countries, e.g. in Sweden since 1947, there is a concept of födelsehemort ("domicile of birth"), which means that the domicile of the baby's mother is the registered place of birth. The location of the maternity ward or other "physical" birthplace is considered unimportant.
Sometimes the place of birth automatically determines the nationality of the baby, a practice often referred as to with the Latin phrase jus soli. More often, this (also) depends on the nationality / ies of the parents.
There can be some confusion on the place of birth if the birth takes place in an unusual way: when babies are born in an airplane or at sea, difficulties can arise.
birthplace in German: Geburtsort
birthplace in Dutch: geboorteplaats

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Vaterland, breeding place, brooder, cradle, fatherland, forcing bed, hatchery, home, homeground, homeland, hotbed, incubator, la patrie, mother country, motherland, native land, native soil, nest, nidus, nursery, patria, rookery, the old country
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