or brain-child, brain child


noun, plural brain·chil·dren.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for brain child


noun plural -children

informal an idea or plan produced by creative thought; invention
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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).

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