children

[ chil-druh n ]
/ ˈtʃɪl drən /

noun

plural of child.

Nearby words

  1. childly,
  2. childminder,
  3. childness,
  4. childproof,
  5. childrearing,
  6. children of god,
  7. children of israel,
  8. children's crusade,
  9. children's day,
  10. children's hour, the

child

[ chahyld ]
/ tʃaɪld /

noun, plural chil·dren.

Origin of child

before 950; Middle English; Old English cild; akin to Gothic kilthai womb

Related formschild·less, adjectivechild·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for children

children

/ (ˈtʃɪldrən) /

noun

the plural of 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

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Word Origin and History for children
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Medicine definitions for children

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 children

child

In addition to the idiom beginning with child

, also see

  • second childhood

.

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