childhood

noun child·hood \ ˈchī(-ə)ld-ˌhu̇d \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

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

  1. diseases that can occur in childhood

  2. Both men had unhappy childhoods.

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First Known Use of childhood

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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childhood Synonyms



CHILDHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

childhood

Definition of childhood for English Language Learners

  • : the period of time when a person is a child


CHILDHOOD Defined for Kids

childhood

noun child·hood \ ˈchīld-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of childhood for Students

: the period of life between infancy and youth

Medical Dictionary

childhood

noun child·hood \ ˈchīld-ˌhu̇d \

medical Definition of childhood

: the state or period of being a child


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