latchkey child


Definition of latchkey child

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

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Examples of latchkey child in a Sentence

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, "With Kamala D. Harris on the ticket, Gen X finally gets close to power," 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, "Dunes Summer Theatre stages 'Putnam Spelling Bee'," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of latchkey child

1944, in the meaning defined above

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22 Aug 2020

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“Latchkey child.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of latchkey child

: a young child who is alone at home after school because the child's parents are working

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