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    the baby of the family

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    These are Sarah and Agnes – our twins – it is in the honor of their birthday that we are giving the party.. And this is Georgina, the baby of the family.

    the baby of the family = favored of the family/ blue-eyed child of the family

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: the baby of the family

    Not a teacher only a native.

    I think you have it slightly wrong, 'baby of the family' usually means the youngest member. It may be that they are seen as the favourite. It is also worth nothing that the term is used even to mature people, regardless of their actual age.

    For example in a family with five children aged 50, 45, 40, 35 and 30, the 30 year old could be called 'the baby of the family' as although they are an adult, they are still the youngest in that family. In your example Georgina would be the youngest.

    Another, lesser used meaning (I have found anyway), is that the person behaves as a baby, in a childish manner.

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