childhood

[ chahyld-hood ]
/ ˈtʃaɪld hʊd /

noun

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

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

/ (ˈtʃaɪldhʊd) /

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.

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Medicine definitions for childhood

childhood

[ chīldhud′ ]

n.

The period of life between infancy and puberty.
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