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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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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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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to make or get by devious means

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