- a youth of noble birth.
Origin of childe
spelling variant of child
- Vere Gordon [veer] /vɪər/, 1892–1957, English anthropologist, archaeologist, and writer; born in Australia.
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Examples from the Web for childe
She looked up the place in "Childe Harold," but Byron had not been there.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
It will be the first theme in my new symphonic poem, Childe Roland.
Why, that was the crossroads before which Childe Roland hesitated!
Byron's "Childe Harold" is but a poetic record of his travels.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism
F. V. N. Painter
Childe Charity's aunt said she would let her get enough of beggars.Granny's Wonderful Chair
- archaic a young man of noble birth
C13: variant of child
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Word Origin and History for childe
"youth of gentle birth," used as a kind of title, late Old English, variant spelling of child (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper