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or brain-child, brain child

[breyn-chahyld] /ˈbreɪnˌtʃaɪld/
noun, plural brainchildren.
a product of one's creative work or thought.
Origin of brainchild
First recorded in 1880-85; brain + child Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for brain child
Historical Examples
  • How does your brain child look to you in black and white, Tim?

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • I verily believe he hated to destroy this brain child of his.

  • Balcom entered the library just as Davis was about to leave, hugging close to him his brain child.

    The Master Mystery

    Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
British Dictionary definitions for brain child


noun (pl) -children
(informal) an idea or plan produced by creative thought; invention
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brain child

also brainchild, "idea, creation of one's own," 1881, from brain (n.) + child. Earlier was the more alliterative brain-brat (1630).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for brain child



Someone's great idea; a product of creative thinking and word: my brainchild, a bestseller

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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