child: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (chīld), [key]
— pl. chil•dren.
  1. a person between birth and full growth; a boy or girl: books for children.
  2. a son or daughter: All my children are married.
  3. a baby or infant.
  4. a childish person: He's such a child about money.
  5. a descendant: a child of an ancient breed.
  6. any person or thing regarded as the product or result of particular agencies, influences, etc.: Abstract art is a child of the 20th century.
  7. a person regarded as conditioned or marked by a given circumstance, situation, etc.: a child of poverty; a child of famine.
  8. a human fetus.
  9. a female infant.
  10. childe.
  11. pregnant: She's with child.


Pronunciation: (chīld), [key]
  1. 1802–80, U.S. author, abolitionist, and social reformer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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