latchkey child

noun

: a school-aged child of working parents who must spend part of the day unsupervised (as at home)

called also latchkey kid

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As a latchkey child of non-European immigrants who has Salt-N-Pepa, Prince and Phil Collins on her summer playlist, Harris — a Dorito-loving, Converse-and-pearls-wearing collaborative leader who doesn’t always seek the spotlight — is ours. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2020 The six competing students range from varied backgrounds such as homeschooled, Catholic school, Boy Scout, latchkey child and prodigy. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, 11 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of latchkey child was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Latchkey child.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latchkey%20child. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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