Simple Definition of child
: a young person
: a son or daughter
: an adult who acts like a child : a childlike or childish person
Full Definition of child
plural children play \ˈchil-drən, -dərn\
1 a : an unborn or recently born person b dial : a female infant
3 usually childe play \ˈchī(-ə)ld\ archaic : a youth of noble birth
4 a : a son or daughter of human parents b : descendant
5 : one strongly influenced by another or by a place or state of affairs
Examples of child in a sentence
the birth of a child
She's pregnant with their first child.
a play for both children and adults
All of their children are grown now.
an elderly couple and their adult children
Men are such children sometimes.
Origin of child
Middle English, from Old English cild; akin to Gothic kilthei womb, and perhaps to Sanskrit jaṭhara belly
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of Child
Francis James 1825–1896 Am. ballad editor
Definition of Child
Julia (Carolyn) 1912–2004 née McWilliams Am. chef
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Definition of child for Students
plural children \ˈchil-drən\
1 : an unborn or recently born person
2 : a young person of either sex between infancy and youth
3 : a son or daughter of any age <My children are grown now.>
Legal Definition of child
1 : a son or daughter of any age and usu. including one formally adopted — compare issue Editor's note: The word child as used in a statute or will is often held to include a stepchild, an illegitimate child, a person for whom one stands in loco parentis, or sometimes a more remote descendant, such as a grandchild. In interpreting the word child as used in a will, the court will try to effectuate the intent of the person who made the will as it can be determined from the language of the will.
Additional Notes on child
A person who is below the statutory age but is married will usually be considered an adult.
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