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
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.
Parents are often surprised by what their teens and young adult children remember from childhood.
Her mother sat upstairs, and her cousin sat beside her, beaming, because of a childhood promise.
Vault in the Ville annually raises funds for the Louisville Youth Training Center, a local program which fights childhood obesity by providing youth fitness and nutrition opportunities.
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.
Instead of poking at their phones all day, children should be enjoying their childhood.
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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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