Etymology: Middle English, doughter, from Old English dohtor; akin to Old High German tohter daughter, Greek thygatēr
Date: before 12th century
a. a female offspring especially of human parents
b. a female adopted child
c. a human female descendant
2. something considered as a daughter <the United States is a daughter of Great Britain> 3. an atomic species that is the product of the radioactive decay of a given element • daughterless adjective II. adjective Date: 1614 1. having the characteristics or relationship of a daughter 2. belonging to the first generation of offspring, organelles, or molecules produced by reproduction, division, or replication <daughter cell> <daughter DNA molecules>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.