love child

plural love children

Definition of love child

1 : a child whose parents were not married when the child was conceived especially : the child of an affair My older sister, Jean Marie, was the love child of an affair my mother had with a married man who, instead of leaving his wife for my mother, died of a heart attack. — William Skeans, Jr. often used figuratively A pair of furry Ugg slides that are basically a love child of your comfiest slippers and practical summer sandals. — Kaysey Davis
2 : something (such as a project or collaboration) that is a product of hard work and devotion The museum is the love child of the company's owner, Jacques Lorch, who for twenty-five years has been ferreting out artifacts pertaining to the subject that is his passion.— Naomi Barry

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Examples of love child in a Sentence

the love child of a famous actor and one of his fans a woman who claimed to be the love child of two of Hollywood's most beloved stars during its golden age
Recent Examples on the Web On Thursday, Starz announced casting for a key season 7 role, that of William Ransom, the adult version of Jamie's (Sam Heughan) love child and adopted son of Lord John Grey (David Berry). Maureen Lee Lenker,, 5 May 2022 Born in 2017, the little superstar is the love child of Williams and her husband, entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian. Essence, 26 Oct. 2017 If niçoise and antipasti had a love child, this would be their girl—simultaneously elegant and rustic. Ashley Dunne, Sunset Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 If the best hostel in Interlaken, Switzerland, and a well-run stateside motel had a love child. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2022 It’s the love child of two cuisines with a history of derision and displacement — African American soul food and Puerto Rican. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Alli also hooked up with Dani, the second stewardess, who wound up having a disputed (but ultimately affirmed) love child with another deckhand, Jean-Luc. Darren Franich,, 29 Mar. 2022 The Stretch Houdini is like the love child of a classic boardshort and a technical trunk designed for rocky scrambling. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 30 June 2014 If adopting Jamie's love child as his own son wasn't enough, Jamie now wants Lord John to help cover up the fact that he's decided to throw his lot in with the rebels in the American Revolution. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of love child

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Love child.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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