school·​child | \ ˈskül-ˌchī(-ə)ld How to pronounce schoolchild (audio) \

Definition of schoolchild

: a child attending school

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Recent Examples on the Web Every schoolchild in the state knows about the Petoskey stone, the official state rock found mostly Up North. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan teacher sets record straight on big puddingstone he found in Lake Huron," 24 Jan. 2020 The numbers behind this unique achievement are remarkable, and Butter can reel them off like a schoolchild reciting multiplication tables. George Ramsay, CNN, "Dog bites, kidney infections and 335 laps of a car park -- how an ex-banker ran a marathon in every country," 9 Dec. 2019 With that, the pedagogue would dispatch some shivering schoolchild in vest and shorts on a three-mile cross-country run. The Economist, "Take the money and run," 9 Nov. 2019 Every farmer can find it in her paddy, every fisherman can see it in his pond, every schoolchild can find it in the yard. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "David Attenborough on the Variety and Resiliency of Nature," 21 Nov. 2019 These are among the scars on this country that every American — schoolchild or adult, of any race — should learn about in detail, keep learning about and never forget. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "The Case for Keeping San Francisco’s Disputed George Washington Murals," 26 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of schoolchild

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Schoolchild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolchild

: a child who goes to a school

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