[ chahyld ]
/ tʃaɪld /

noun, plural chil·dren.

Nearby words

  1. chikee,
  2. chil-,
  3. chilalgia,
  4. chilblain,
  5. chilcat,
  6. child abuse,
  7. child benefit,
  8. child bride,
  9. child custody,
  10. child endowment


    with child, pregnant: She's with child.

Origin of child

before 950; Middle English; Old English cild; akin to Gothic kilthai womb

Related formschild·less, adjectivechild·less·ness, noun


[ chahyld ]
/ tʃaɪld /


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British Dictionary definitions for child


/ (tʃaɪld) /

noun plural children

Derived Formschildless, adjectivechildlessness, nounchildly, adjective

Word Origin for child

Old English cild; related to Gothic kilthei womb, Sanskrit jathara belly, jartu womb

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Word Origin and History for child


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Medicine definitions for child


[ chīld ]


A person who has not yet reached puberty.
A son or daughter; an offspring.
A person not of legal age; a minor.

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Idioms and Phrases with child


In addition to the idiom beginning with child

, also see

  • second childhood


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