Definitions for childhoodˈtʃaɪld hʊd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

child•hoodˈtʃaɪld hʊd(n.)

  1. the state or period of being a child.

  2. the early stage in the existence of something.

Origin of childhood:

bef. 950

Princeton's WordNet

  1. childhood(noun)

    the time of person's life when they are a child

  2. childhood, puerility(noun)

    the state of a child between infancy and adolescence

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. childhood(noun)ˈtʃaɪld hʊd

    a time when sb is a child

    an unhappy childhood; childhood dreams


  1. childhood(Noun)

    The state of being a child.

  2. childhood(Noun)

    The time during which one is a child, from between infancy and puberty.

  3. childhood(Noun)

    The early stages of development of something.

  4. Origin: From childhod, from cildhad, from cild + -had, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Childhood(noun)

    the state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty

  2. Childhood(noun)

    children, taken collectively

  3. Childhood(noun)

    the commencement; the first period


  1. Childhood

    Childhood is the age span ranging from birth to adolescence. According to Piaget's theory of cognitive development, childhood consists of two stages: preoperational stage and concrete operational stage. In developmental psychology, childhood is divided up into the developmental stages of toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Various childhood factors could affect a person's attitude formation.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'childhood' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3430

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'childhood' in Nouns Frequency: #1439

Translations for childhood

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the state or time of being a child

Her childhood was a time of happiness.

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