love child


Definition of love child

: an illegitimate child

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the love child of a famous actor and one of his fans a woman who claimed to be the love child of two of Hollywood's most beloved stars during its golden age
Recent Examples on the Web If Versailles' Hall of Mirrors and a set of Russian nesting dolls could somehow reproduce, Maquette would be their dizzyingly recursive love child. Peter Rubin, Wired, "Maquette Goes Big on Metaphor but Light on Real Emotion," 2 Mar. 2021 For a rodent that resembles the love child of a skunk and a steel wool brush, the African crested rat carries itself with a surprising amount of swagger. Katherine J. Wu New York Times, Star Tribune, "This rat covers itself with poison that can take out an elephant," 3 Dec. 2020 These problems came to a head, and entered the public eye, when, in 1985, Phillips fathered a love child with New Zealand art teacher, Heather Tonkin. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Princess Anne's First Husband, Captain Mark Phillips, Occupies the Rare Position of the Royal Ex," 28 Nov. 2020 Harry Styles is many things: a rock star, a Hollywood heartthrob, a fashion influence, Stevie Nicks's love child. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Harry Styles Once Dogsat for The Crown's Emma Corrin," 18 Nov. 2020 The plan is essentially a policy love child of eminent domain and affirmative action. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Queen Kamala’s Imperial Aspirations," 18 Aug. 2020 Space Force's rocket appears to be the love child of two real-world rockets: an Atlas V rocket core (which is built by United Launch Alliance) and two side-boosters that look strikingly like Falcon 9 (SpaceX) first stages with a single engine. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit flight ends quickly, Netflix’s hybrid rocket," 29 May 2020 Yes, the madcap action-RPG franchise that began as an odd love child of Final Fantasy and Disney movie nostalgia might soon be a TV show. Julie Muncy, Wired, "There Are Rumors Kingdom Hearts Is Getting a Disney+ Show," 29 May 2020 Edwards was at the time keeping a secret about his pregnant mistress and their love children, revelations that soon ended his political career. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Stacey Abrams tests notion you don't campaign for vice presidential pick," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of love child

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Love child.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of love child

: a child whose father and mother are not married to each other when the child is born : an illegitimate child

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