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 childplural
childrenplay \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
childlessplay \ˈchī(-ə)l(d)-ləs\ adjective
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.
Is the word kid slang?
Some people worry that kid, when used of a child rather than a juvenile goat, is either slang or too colloquial to merit acceptance in standard English.
The fact is that we have been using kid to refer to a child that is human, rather than goatish, for more than three hundred years now. The Oxford English Dictionary notes that although this word was considered “low slang” when it first began being used, it had entered “familiar speech” by the 19th century.
In contemporary English, kid is neither slang nor improper. It is, however, most definitely informal, so those writing professionally or in a formal register might prefer to use child.
Origin and Etymology 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
CHILD Defined for Kids
Definition of child for Students
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 usually 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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