AskDefine | Define offspring

Dictionary Definition



1 the immediate descendants of a person; "she was the mother of many offspring"; "he died without issue" [syn: progeny, issue]
2 something that comes into existence as a result; "industrialism prepared the way for acceptance of the French Revolution's various socialistic offspring"; "this skyscraper is the solid materialization of his efforts" [syn: materialization, materialisation]
3 any immature animal [syn: young]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac UK: /ˈɒfsprɪŋ/, /"QfsprIN/
  • italbrac US: , /ˈɑfsprɪŋ/, /"AfsprIN/


  1. a person's son(s) or daughter(s)
  2. a person's descendants




son or daughter

Extensive Definition

In biology, offspring are the product of reproduction, a new organism produced by one or more parents.
Collective offspring may be known as a brood or progeny in a more general way. This can refer to a set of simultaneous offspring, such as the chicks hatched from one clutch of eggs, or to all the offspring, as with the honeybee.
Human offspring (descendants) are referred to as children (without reference to age, thus one can refer to a parent's "minor children" or "adult children"); male children are sons and female children are daughters. See kinship and descent.
The word "fetus" is derived from the Latin word for "offspring." In humans, the fetal stage begins eight weeks after conception, when all of the major organs have been formed.
offspring in Czech: Potomek
offspring in German: Nachkomme
offspring in Spanish: Descendencia
offspring in French: Progéniture
offspring in Italian: Progenie
offspring in Norwegian: Avkom
offspring in Polish: Potomstwo
offspring in Portuguese: Descendência
offspring in Simple English: Offspring

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