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latchkey child

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noun

a child who must spend at least part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work.

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Also called door-key child.

Origin of latchkey child

First recorded in 1940–45; so called because such a child is provided with a key for getting into the home after school

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latchkey child

noun

a child who has to let himself or herself in at home on returning from school, as his or her parents are out at work
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