Definition of childhood
1 : the state or period of being a child
2 : the early period in the development of something
Examples of childhood in a Sentence
diseases that can occur in childhood
Both men had unhappy childhoods.
Recent Examples of childhood from the Web
Yet when Farook Hameed, a 31-year-old father of two in the Indian city of Coimbatore, was hacked to death by childhood friends for having repudiated Islam and declared himself an atheist, there was little reaction from abroad.
The room with the bunk beds reminds me of my childhood summers at the lake.
The show opens with a presentation of Christian Dior’s life, running through his comfortable childhood in Normandy and his training as a fashion illustrator for Claude Saint-Cyr in the late 1930s and the illustrious Lucien Lelong in the 1940s.
Jared plays one of the boys as a teenager, who finds his childhood companion in the bathroom, unconscious with a needle, spoon and lighter on the counter.
Soccer for Success (SfS) is a health-centered, out-of-school mentoring program for children in grades K-8 designed to eliminate childhood obesity, encourage healthy lifestyles and strengthen families.
For years, the brothers toyed with the idea of using their favorite childhood drink as the foundation for a company.
Parents are often surprised by what their teens and young adult children remember from childhood.
The trip represents something of a homecoming for President Obama, who spent a few years of his childhood in Jakarta (while his mom did research there).
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First Known Use of childhood
before 12th century
CHILDHOOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of childhood for English Language Learners
: the period of time when a person is a child
CHILDHOOD Defined for Kids
Definition of childhood for Students
: the period of life between infancy and youth
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