school·​child | \ˈskül-ˌchī(-ə)ld \

Definition of schoolchild 

: a child attending school

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In history class, every American schoolchild learns that Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Tales of Bravery and Brilliance," 8 Nov. 2018 As every schoolchild now knows, birds are dinosaurs, linked to their extinct relatives by feathers and anatomy. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Fossils reveal how ancient birds got their beaks," 2 May 2018 Put the bag in a backpack and give it to a schoolchild who lives with empty pantries and a growling stomach. Beth Thames,, "Help hungry kids by supporting Food Bank backpack program," 15 Mar. 2018 The average American schoolchild will eat 1,500 peanut butter sandwiches before high school graduation. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Europe is using peanut butter to send a message to Trump," 9 Mar. 2018 That is Reagan’s temperament, which was steady and reassuring even under duress — closer to President Obama’s cool demeanor than Trump’s impetuous-schoolchild routine. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Concerns About Ronald Reagan’s Mental Health Were Handled Very Differently Than Trump’s," 14 Jan. 2018 Pat said in 1951 and 1952 about every schoolchild in his county was tattooed with his or her blood type. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Blood brothers (and sisters): The tattooed children of the Cold War reminisce," 3 Sep. 2017 Every schoolchild in Denmark has been on a farm and seen someone chop off a chicken’s head. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Killing Animals at the Zoo," 16 Jan. 2017 As every schoolchild should know, China is Washington’s largest trading partner. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Don’t forget Mexico as a major Washington trade partner," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of schoolchild

1801, in the meaning defined above

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: a child who goes to a school

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