[ chahyld ]
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noun,plural chil·dren [chil-druhn]. /ˈtʃɪl drən/.
  1. a person between birth and puberty or full growth: books for children.

  2. a son or daughter; offspring considered with regard to parents: All my children are married.

  1. a baby or infant: A child of six months can recognize family members.

  2. a human fetus: My sister is seven months pregnant with a healthy child.

  3. a childish person: He's such a child about money.

  4. a descendant: a child of an ancient breed.

  5. any person or thing regarded as the product or result of particular agencies, influences, etc.: Abstract art is a child of the 20th century.

  6. a person regarded as conditioned or marked by a given circumstance, situation, etc.: a child of poverty; a child of famine.

  7. British Dialect, Archaic. a female infant.

  8. Archaic. childe.

Idioms about child

  1. 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, adjective
  • child·less·ness, noun

Other definitions for Child (2 of 2)

[ chahyld ]

  1. Julia, 1912–2004, U.S. gourmet cook, author, and television personality.

  2. Lydia Maria (Francis), 1802–80, U.S. author, abolitionist, and social reformer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for child


/ (tʃaɪld) /

nounplural children
    • a boy or girl between birth and puberty

    • (as modifier): child labour

  1. a baby or infant

  1. an unborn baby: Related prefix: paedo-

  2. with child another term for pregnant

  3. a human offspring; a son or daughter: Related adjective: filial

  4. a childish or immature person

  5. a member of a family or tribe; descendant: a child of Israel

  6. a person or thing regarded as the product of an influence or environment: a child of nature

  7. Midland English and Western English dialect a female infant

Origin of child

Old English cild; related to Gothic kilthei womb, Sanskrit jathara belly, jartu womb

Derived forms of child

  • 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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