brain·​child | \ˈbrān-ˌchī(-ə)ld \

Definition of brainchild 

: a product of one's creative effort

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Examples of brainchild in a Sentence

The museum is the brainchild of a wealthy art collector. the artificial language Esperanto was the brainchild of L. L. Zamenhof, a Polish oculist

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Originally the brainchild of social-work graduate students from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, Sisterhood started in 2009. Christopher Johnston, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cleveland uses literature to empower youth, overcome social divides," 9 July 2018 The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Democrats Are Trying to Convince Collins and Murkowski That Supporting President Trump's Supreme Court Pick Will Doom Roe v. Wade," 5 July 2018 The brainchild of Brendan McCarthy, a Long Island fishing guide, this new kid on the block comes with a V-bar grate that raises and lowers with a flywheel. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Cooking Over Wood: A Guide to the Grills," 29 June 2018 The entire Trial on the Isle event, the brainchild of Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin and a summer staple at the shore, this year benefited the Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation and the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home. Ben Pope,, "Flyers prospects begin development camp with Trial on the Isle," 27 June 2018 The brainchild of Travis Pastrana, this tour features the best motorbike athletes taking on the biggest ramps in the world. Luann Gibbs,, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 21 June 2018 The bar and restaurant is the brainchild of New Orleans-native Jupiter and owner Mark Domitrovich, and will be tapping into the former’s roots with NOLA-style dishes and revived vintage cocktails. Grace Wong,, "Just Opened: Ina Mae brings a taste of New Orleans to Wicker Park," 20 June 2018 LimeBike, the brainchild of CEO Toby Sun and a prominent Silicon Valley firm, provides affordable, dockless pedal bikes to cities and college campuses across the United States. Maya Moore, Courant Community, "Learn How To Use LimeBike, Hartford's First Bike Share Program," 6 June 2018 The deal is the brainchild of Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll, who said his department has looked with increasing urgency for new or renovated headquarters for more than a decade. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Former downtown legislative office building may have a new tenant: the Anchorage Police Department," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of brainchild

1628, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brainchild

: an idea, plan, or creation of one person

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