pe·​do·​phile ˈpe-də-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce pedophile (audio) ˈpē- How to pronounce pedophile (audio)
: one affected with pedophilia

Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pedophile was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Pedophile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


pe·​do·​phile ˈped-ə-ˌfīl How to pronounce pedophile (audio) ˈpēd- How to pronounce pedophile (audio)
variants or chiefly British paedophile
: one affected with pedophilia

called also pedophiliac

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