school·​child ˈskül-ˌchī(-ə)ld How to pronounce schoolchild (audio)
: a child attending school

Examples of schoolchild in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every Japanese schoolchild knows the real historical character and the peaceful era that followed. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2024 Every Texas schoolchild deserves the best education possible. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Go to Howe Caverns, the field-trip destination of every upstate New York schoolchild. Curbed Staff, Curbed, 22 Dec. 2023 The schoolchild innocence of the alphabet is juxtaposed with the violence and instability of the historical moment. Mark Nowak Anne Boyer, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 My bladder felt like an unruly schoolchild waiting for the final bell. Shuang Xuetao, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 Almost every schoolchild in America learns Lincoln was born in a Kentucky log cabin. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2023 Elise is far from the only schoolchild to happen upon an astonishing ancient artifact in the past few years. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 May 2023 Public fear of nukes appears to have abated somewhat from the time when every schoolchild had to practice duck-and-cover drills. The Editors, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schoolchild was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Schoolchild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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school·​child ˈskül-ˌchīld How to pronounce schoolchild (audio)
: a child attending school
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