- the state or period of being a child.
- the early stage in the existence of something: the childhood of the human race.
Origin of childhood
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1. youth, boyhood, girlhood, school days.
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Examples from the Web for childhood
My dad was a sailor, and all through my childhood he was away half of the time at sea, and to an extent I have a similar job.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
But that was probably the least unique thing about her childhood.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
And the actor says his childhood experience plays a critical role in his performance.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain
December 21, 2014
My parents are building a mausoleum for themselves in my childhood home.I’m a Digital Hoarder
December 17, 2014
In doing so, the vice president delighted the audience with a personal anecdote from his childhood as Joey Biden.Joe Biden: ‘I’ll Kill Your Son’
December 12, 2014
He's getting old, and he's come along into his second childhood.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He dwelt on the childhood of Philothea with peculiar pleasure.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"We have always been frank with one another since our childhood," said he.Viviette
William J. Locke
"You should have a little more sympathy with childhood, Cornelius," said his father.Weighed and Wanting
There are old scenes of childhood associated with it which time can never erase.Life in London
- the condition of being a child; the period of life before puberty
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Word Origin and History for childhood
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The period of life between infancy and puberty.
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