latchkey child

noun
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of latchkey child

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

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First Known Use of latchkey child

1944

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LATCHKEY CHILD Defined for English Language Learners

latchkey child

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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