love child


a child born out of wedlock.

Origin of love child

First recorded in 1795–1805 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for love child

bastard, bastardy, by-blow, whoreson

Examples from the Web for love child

Contemporary Examples of love child

  • Then, at the end of the first trimester, John drops a bombshell: there is not one love-child, but two.

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    If The Peace Talks Were A Movie

    Matthew Kalman

    December 12, 2013

Historical Examples of love child

  • She is also said to have been a "love-child" of no less a father than Prince Eugene.

  • "He is handsome, indeed, because he is a love-child," said another.

  • Although it is the book by which Signor Papini is best known, it is not his love-child.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • I sang out, feeling that all the years of my life I had been destiny's love-child.

    Amazing Grace

    Kate Trimble Sharber

  • By trade I am a basket-maker, like many another 'love-child.'


    R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for love child

love child


euphemistic an illegitimate child; bastard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for love child

"child born out of wedlock," 1805, from love (n.) + child. Earlier was love brat (17c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper