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child

[ chahyld ]
/ tʃaɪld /
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noun, plural chil·dren.

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RELATED WORDS

infant, toddler, adolescent, juvenile, youth, teenager, baby, kid, offspring, minor, youngster, bairn, sprout, suckling, newborn, lamb, progeny, tyke, tot, imp

Nearby words

chikee, chil-, chilalgia, chilblain, chilcat, child, child abuse, child benefit, child bride, child custody, child endowment

Idioms

    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

Definition for child (2 of 2)

Child

[ chahyld ]
/ tʃaɪld /

noun

Julia,1912–2004, U.S. gourmet cook, author, and television personality.
Lydia Maria (Francis),1802–80, U.S. author, abolitionist, and social reformer.
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British Dictionary definitions for child

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for child

child


n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for child

child

[ chīld ]

n.

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

child


In addition to the idiom beginning with child

, also see

  • second childhood

.

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