latchkey child

noun

Definition of latchkey child

  1. :  a school-aged child of working parents who must spend part of the day unsupervised (as at home) —called also latchkey kid

First Known Use of latchkey child

1944


LATCHKEY CHILD Defined for English Language Learners

latchkey child

noun

Definition of latchkey child for English Language Learners

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

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