childhood

noun
child·​hood | \ ˈchī(-ə)ld-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce childhood (audio) \

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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Although Walker's nail art covers a huge range of styles and themes, this is far from the first time she's whipped up a manicure that may remind you of your childhood. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Nail Artist Hand-Painted a Lisa Frank Manicure on Her Own Nails," 18 Apr. 2019 There’s her atypical childhood: Grey was born in San Francisco 41 years ago to hippie parents and by 12 had lived in a teepee on an Oregon reservation and in a Quaker community in the Smoky Mountains. Seth Abramovitch, Town & Country, "The Loves and Losses of Cassandra Grey," 18 Apr. 2019 Parks and Rec alum Retta plays one of these badass ladies, her character Ruby joining a life of crime with her childhood best friends (Christina Hendricks and Mae Whitman) to pay for expensive treatments for her sick daughter. Kellee Terrell, Harper's BAZAAR, "Retta Wants Hollywood to Know She's Ready to Play the Femme Fatale," 11 Apr. 2019 Annie, now 30, describes her childhood in Bedford, New York as idyllic. Marie Milano, Country Living, "A Detailed Timeline of Glenn Close's Husbands and Relationships," 24 Feb. 2019 Tori released a book in 2008 entitled sTORI Telling about her complicated childhood and relationship with her parents. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Get All 'The Masked Singer' Spoilers You Could Ever Want," 10 Jan. 2019 His family recalls an event from their childhood that defined their father. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 My parents’ house was burned twice during my childhood. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 Gaitonde narrates his life from his childhood as the son of a poor monk to mob boss of Mumbai’s Gopalmath district. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 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 How to pronounce childhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of childhood

: the period of life between infancy and youth

childhood

noun
child·​hood | \ ˈchīld-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce childhood (audio) \

Medical Definition of childhood

: the state or period of being a child

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