a person between birth and puberty or full growth: books for children.
a son or daughter; offspring considered with regard to parents: All my children are married.
a baby or infant: A child of six months can recognize family members.
a human fetus: My sister is seven months pregnant with a healthy child.
a childish person: He's such a child about money.
a descendant: a child of an ancient breed.
any person or thing regarded as the product or result of particular agencies, influences, etc.: Abstract art is a child of the 20th century.
a person regarded as conditioned or marked by a given circumstance, situation, etc.: a child of poverty; a child of famine.
British Dialect, Archaic. a female infant.
Idioms about child
with child, pregnant: She's with child.
- child·less, adjective
- child·less·ness, noun
Other definitions for Child (2 of 2)
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
a boy or girl between birth and puberty
(as modifier): child labour
a baby or infant
an unborn baby: Related prefix: paedo-
with child another term for pregnant
a human offspring; a son or daughter: Related adjective: filial
a childish or immature person
a member of a family or tribe; descendant: a child of Israel
a person or thing regarded as the product of an influence or environment: a child of nature
Midland English and Western English dialect a female infant
- childless, adjective
- childlessness, noun
- childly, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with child
In addition to the idiom beginning with child
, also see
- second childhood
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