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noun Archaic.
  1. a youth of noble birth.

Origin of childe

spelling variant of child


  1. Vere Gordon [veer] /vɪər/, 1892–1957, English anthropologist, archaeologist, and writer; born in Australia.
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Examples from the Web for childe

Historical Examples

  • She looked up the place in "Childe Harold," but Byron had not been there.

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    E. M. Forster

  • It will be the first theme in my new symphonic poem, Childe Roland.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • Why, that was the crossroads before which Childe Roland hesitated!

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • Byron's "Childe Harold" is but a poetic record of his travels.

  • Childe Charity's aunt said she would let her get enough of beggars.

British Dictionary definitions for childe


  1. archaic a young man of noble birth

Word Origin

C13: variant of child
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Word Origin and History for childe


"youth of gentle birth," used as a kind of title, late Old English, variant spelling of child (q.v.).

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