Meaning of changeling

change•ling

Pronunciation: (chānj'ling), [key]
— n.
  1. a child surreptitiously or unintentionally substituted for another.
  2. (in folklore) an ugly, stupid, or strange child left by fairies in place of a pretty, charming child.
  3. a postage stamp that, by accident or intention, has been chemically changed in color.
    1. a renegade or turncoat.
    2. an imbecile.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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