[ chahyld ]
/ tʃaɪld /
noun, plural chil·dren.
a person between birth and full growth; a boy or girl: books for children.
a son or daughter: All my children are married.
a baby or infant.
a human fetus.
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.
Words nearby child
Idioms for child
with child, pregnant: She's with child.
Origin of child
before 950; Middle English; Old English cild; akin to Gothic kilthai womb
OTHER WORDS FROM childchild·less, adjectivechild·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for children's
/ (tʃaɪld) /
noun plural children
- a boy or girl between birth and puberty
- (as modifier)child labour
a baby or infant
an unborn babyRelated prefix: paedo-
with child another term for pregnant
a human offspring; a son or daughterRelated adjective: filial
a childish or immature person
a member of a family or tribe; descendanta child of Israel
a person or thing regarded as the product of an influence or environmenta child of nature
Midland English and Western English dialect a female infant
Derived forms of childchildless, adjectivechildlessness, nounchildly, adjective
Word Origin for child
Old English cild; related to Gothic kilthei womb, Sanskrit jathara belly, jartu womb
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Medicine definitions for children's
[ chīld ]
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's
In addition to the idiom beginning with child
, also see
- second childhood
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