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love child

a child born out of wedlock.
Origin of love child
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Every child should be a "love child" in the true sense of the term.

  • It is called—rather prettily, I think—'a love child' and the nicer the grandparents are, the better they treat it.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • It is of the utmost importance that every child should be a love child, in the best sense of the term.

British Dictionary definitions for love child

love child

(euphemistic) an illegitimate child; bastard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for love child

"child born out of wedlock," 1805, from love (n.) + child. Earlier was love brat (17c.).

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