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

Definition of schoolchild

: a child attending school

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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 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

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First Known Use of schoolchild

1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolchild

: a child who goes to a school

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