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[ chahyld ]
/ tʃaɪld /
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noun, plural chil·dren [chil-druhn]. /ˈtʃɪl drən/.
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Idioms about child

    with child, pregnant: She's with child.

Origin of child

First recorded before 950; Middle English; Old English cild; akin to Gothic kilthai “womb”

OTHER WORDS FROM child

child·less, adjectivechild·less·ness, noun

Other definitions 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 forms of child

childless, adjectivechildlessness, nounchildly, adjective

Word Origin for child

Old English cild; related to Gothic kilthei womb, Sanskrit jathara belly, jartu womb
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Medical 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with child

child

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