brainchild

or brain-child, brain child

[ breyn-chahyld ]
/ ˈbreɪnˌtʃaɪld /

noun, plural brain·chil·dren.

a product of one's creative work or thought.

Nearby words

  1. brain-picking,
  2. brain-teaser,
  3. brain-trust,
  4. brainbox,
  5. braincase,
  6. braindead,
  7. braine,
  8. braine, john gerard,
  9. brained,
  10. brainerd

Origin of brainchild

First recorded in 1880–85; brain + child

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British Dictionary definitions for brain child

brainchild

/ (ˈbreɪnˌtʃaɪld) /

noun plural -children

informal an idea or plan produced by creative thought; invention
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Word Origin and History for brain child

brain child

n.

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

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