childhood

[chahyld-hood]

noun

the state or period of being a child.
the early stage in the existence of something: the childhood of the human race.

Nearby words

  1. childe roland to the dark tower came,
  2. childe, vere gordon,
  3. childermas,
  4. childers,
  5. childfree,
  6. childhood muscular dystrophy,
  7. childing,
  8. childish,
  9. childishly,
  10. childless

Origin of childhood

before 950; Middle English childhode, Old English cildhād. See child, -hood

Related formspre·child·hood, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for childhood

childhood

noun

the condition of being a child; the period of life before puberty
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Word Origin and History for childhood

childhood

n.

"period of life from birth to puberty," Old English cildhad; see child + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for childhood

childhood

[chīldhud′]

n.

The period of life between infancy and puberty.

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