childhood

noun
child·​hood | \ ˈchī(-ə)ld-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of childhood

1 : the state or period of being a child
2 : the early period in the development of something

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Synonyms & Antonyms for childhood

Synonyms

nonage, springtime, youth

Antonyms

adulthood

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Examples of childhood in a Sentence

diseases that can occur in childhood Both men had unhappy childhoods.

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Many people hinted that something had to have happened in Sol’s past, that there was some buried trauma from his early childhood in Ethiopia. Melissa Fay Greene, The Cut, "A mother considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.," 24 June 2018 But who else will join the reboot cast? Will Miranda and Gordo help form the iconic trio of our childhood? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Hillary Duff Just Pretty Much Confirmed a Lizzie McGuire Reboot is Happening," 31 Dec. 2018 Thomas, 25, won his breakthrough major in the US PGA last August and is one of the game's most exciting young talents, along with childhood friend Jordan Spieth, the 2015 winner and three-time major champion. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "US Open 2018: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson still moving US Open needle," 13 June 2018 For such moments, Beattie splashes her claw foot tub with her own Warm Body Oil, a sweet almond–oil concoction with an escapist fragrance—suntan lotion with a dash of musk—inspired by childhood beach days and more recent road trips. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "From Luxurious Oils to Detoxing Soaks, How to Take the Perfect Winter Bath," 9 Jan. 2019 The British singer's debut performance racked up more than 34 million views on YouTube and kickstarted her childhood fame. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Child Star Sophia Grace From 'The Ellen Show' Released a Sassy New Rap Video," 7 Jan. 2019 In September of 2018, Deadline released a report saying that a TV version of your fave childhood movie would stream on the new service. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Disney's New Streaming Service," 3 Jan. 2019 But squeezed by the same forces, all military branches must sweeten their enlistment deals, adding sign-up and retention bonuses and loosening medical standards on childhood conditions like asthma and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 2019 What would childhood be without this strange stuff? Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "A Serious Ode To Silly Putty," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of childhood

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for childhood

childhood

noun

English Language Learners Definition of childhood

: the period of time when a person is a child

childhood

noun
child·​hood | \ ˈchīld-ˌhu̇d \

Kids Definition of childhood

: the period of life between infancy and youth

childhood

noun
child·​hood | \ ˈchīld-ˌhu̇d \

Medical Definition of childhood

: the state or period of being a child

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