What does Child mean?

Definitions for Child

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Child.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestlingnoun

    a young person of either sex

    "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"

  2. child, kidnoun

    a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age

    "they had three children"; "they were able to send their kids to college"

  3. child, babynoun

    an immature childish person

    "he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived"; "stop being a baby!"

  4. childnoun

    a member of a clan or tribe

    "the children of Israel"


  1. childnoun

    A daughter or son.

  2. childnoun

    A person who is below the age of adulthood; a minor .

    Go easy on him: he is but a child.

  3. childnoun

    A data item, process or object which has a subservient or derivative role relative to another data item, process or object.

    The child node then stores the actual data of the parent node.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHILDnoun

    in the plural Children.

    Etymology: cild , Sax.

    In age, to wish for youth is full as vain,
    As for a youth to turn a child again. John Denham.

    We should no more be kinder to one child than to another, than we are tender of one eye more than of the other. Roger L'Estrange.

    The young lad must not be ventured abroad at eight or ten, for fear of what may happen to the tender child; though he then runs ten times less risque than at sixteen. John Locke.

    The stroak of death is nothing: children endure it, and the greatest cowards find it no pain. William Wake, Prep for Death.

    Where children have been exposed, or taken away young, and afterwards have approached to their parents presence, the parents, though they have not known them, have had a secret joy, or other alteration thereupon. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 239.

    I shall see
    The winged vengeance overtake such children. William Shakespeare, K. L.

    So unexhausted her perfections were,
    That for more children, she had more to spare. Dryden.

    He in a fruitful wife’s embraces old,
    A long increase of children’s children told. Joseph Addison, Ovid’s Met.

    1 John, ii. 13.

    Matt. xvii. 3, 4.

    How is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot is among the saints! Wisdom, v. 5.

    Ye are all the children of God, by faith in Jesus Christ. Gal. iii. 26. Augustin Calmet.

    Mercy on’s, a bearne! a very pretty bearne!
    A boy, or child, I wonder! William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Macduff, this noble passion,
    Child of integrity, hath from my soul
    Wip’d the black scruples. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If it must stand still, let wives with child,
    Pray that their burthen may not fall this day,
    Lest that their hopes prodigiously be crost. William Shakespeare, K. John.

  2. To Childverb

    To bring children.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The spring, the summer,
    The childing autumn, angry winter change
    Their wonted liveries. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night Dream.

    As to childing women, young vigorous people, after irregularities of diet, in such it begins with hæmorrhages. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Childnoun

    a son or a daughter; a male or female descendant, in the first degree; the immediate progeny of human parents; -- in law, legitimate offspring. Used also of animals and plants

  2. Childnoun

    a descendant, however remote; -- used esp. in the plural; as, the children of Israel; the children of Edom

  3. Childnoun

    one who, by character of practice, shows signs of relationship to, or of the influence of, another; one closely connected with a place, occupation, character, etc.; as, a child of God; a child of the devil; a child of disobedience; a child of toil; a child of the people

  4. Childnoun

    a noble youth. See Childe

  5. Childnoun

    a young person of either sex. esp. one between infancy and youth; hence, one who exhibits the characteristics of a very young person, as innocence, obedience, trustfulness, limited understanding, etc

  6. Childnoun

    a female infant

  7. Childverb

    to give birth; to produce young

  8. Etymology: [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilei womb, in-kil with child.]


  1. Child

    Biologically, a child is a human between the stages of birth and puberty. Some biological definitions of child include the fetus, as being an unborn child. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. Child may also describe a relationship with a parent or, metaphorically, an authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; it can also signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "a child of nature" or "a child of the Sixties".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Child

    chīld, n. an infant or very young person: (Shak.) a female infant: one intimately related to one older: expressing origin or relation, e.g. child of the East, child of shame, child of God, &c.: a disciple: a youth of gentle birth, esp. in ballads, &c.—sometimes Childe and Chylde: (pl.) offspring: descendants: inhabitants:—pl. Chil′dren.—ns. Child′-bear′ing, the act of bringing forth children; Child′bed, the state of a woman brought to bed with child; Child′birth, the giving birth to a child: parturition; Child′-crow′ing, a nervous affection with spasm of the muscles closing the glottis.—adj. Child′ed (Shak.), possessed of a child.—n. Child′hood, state of being a child: the time of one's being a child.—adjs. Child′ing (Shak.), fruitful, teeming; Child′ish, of or like a child: silly: trifling.—adv. Child′ishly.—ns. Child′ishness, Child′ness, what is natural to a child: puerility.—adjs. Child′less, without children; Child′-like, like a child: becoming a child: docile: innocent.—n. Child′-wife, a very young wife.—Child's play, something very easy to do: something slight.—From or Of a Child, since the days of childhood.—Second childhood, the childishness of old age.—With child, pregnant, e.g. Get with child, Be or Go with child. [A.S. cild, pl. cild, later cildru, -ra. The Ger. equivalent word is kind.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Child

    A person 6 to 12 years of age. An individual 2 to 5 years old is CHILD, PRESCHOOL.

Editors Contribution

  1. child

    A person of a specific age defined in legislation.

    A child is entitled to their innocence in life and develop and grow at a moderate rate.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Child' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #345

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Child' in Written Corpus Frequency: #650

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Child' in Nouns Frequency: #8

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Child in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Child in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Child in a Sentence

  1. Kunaal Bhargava:

    We encounter it every day, so getting the community involved is an effective way to check child labor.

  2. Holly Grimet:

    I didnt want to throw a birthday party because there are so many expectations as a mom to have everything perfect and spend so much money, and celebrating the child gets lost in everything, i reluctantly gave in and threw a last-minute party, and I was given a life lesson.

  3. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly:

    No child should ever have to endure what this man did to his child. It appears this man has no ability to control his rage, parents have the right to discipline their children but cannot go overboard, which happened in this case.

  4. R Chamberlain:

    Learning is like Scanderbeg?s sword, either good or bad according to him who hath it: an excellent weapon, if well used; otherwise, like a sharp razor in the hand of a child.

  5. Adarsh Alphons:

    Every child needs to have space for them to create, i decided we need to be the ones to put paintbrushes in the hands of kids.

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