child


child

noun, often attributive \ˈchī(-ə)ld\

: a young person

: a son or daughter

: an adult who acts like a child : a childlike or childish person

plural chil·dren \ˈchil-drən, -dərn\

Full Definition of CHILD

1
a :  an unborn or recently born person
b dialect :  a female infant
2
a :  a young person especially between infancy and youth
b :  a childlike or childish person
c :  a person not yet of age
3
usually childe \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
6
:  product, result <barbed wire … is truly a child of the plains — W. P. Webb>
child·less \ˈchī(-ə)l(d)-ləs\ adjective
child·less·ness noun
with child
:  pregnant

Examples of CHILD

  1. the birth of a child
  2. She's pregnant with their first child.
  3. a play for both children and adults
  4. All of their children are grown now.
  5. an elderly couple and their adult children
  6. 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

Rhymes with CHILD

Child

biographical name \ˈchī(-ə)ld\

Definition of CHILD

Francis James 1825–1896 Am. ballad editor

Child

biographical name

Definition of CHILD

Julia (Carolyn) 1912–2004 née McWilliams Am. chef

child

noun \ˈchī(ə)ld\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural chil·dren \ˈchil-drən, -dərn\

Medical Definition of CHILD

1
: an unborn or recently born person
2
: a young person especially between infancy and youth
with child

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