What does Childhood mean?

Definitions for Childhood
ˈtʃaɪld hʊdchild·hood

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. childhoodnoun

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

  2. childhood, puerilitynoun

    the state of a child between infancy and adolescence


  1. childhoodnoun

    The state of being a child.

  2. childhoodnoun

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

  3. childhoodnoun

    The early stages of development of something.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Childhoodnoun

    Etymology: from child, cildhad, Sax.

    Now I have stain’d the childhood of our joy
    With blood, remov’d but little from our own. William Shakespeare, R. & J.

    The sons of lords and gentlemen should be trained up in learning from their childhoods. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Seldom have I ceas’d to eye
    Thy infancy, thy childhood, and thy youth. John Milton, Pa. Reg.

    The same authority that the actions of a man have with us in our childhood, the same, in every period of life, has the practice of all whom we regard as our superiours. John Rogers, Ser.

    Infancy and childhood demand thin, copious, nourishing aliment. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Their love in early infancy began,
    And rose as childhood ripen’d into man. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. Childhood

    Childhood is a 1995 song by Michael Jackson. It was released as a track on Jackson's 1995 studio album HIStory, and was released as a double A-side with Jackson's single "Scream". It was composed by Michael Jackson "Childhood" is an auto-biographical song written and composed by Michael Jackson. The theme of the track is his difficult childhood experiences. It would become the main theme song for Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, continuing his association with the Free Willy series. The track appeared on several compilation albums, but was met with a mixed reception amongst critics. The song's music video, which had little in common with the supporting film, has been critically praised.


  1. Childhood

    Childhood refers to the stage of human life that encompasses the period from birth to adolescence. It is typically characterized by innocence, playfulness, and a rapid physical, intellectual, and emotional development. Childhood is a time when individuals learn to navigate the world, develop social skills, acquire knowledge and explore their interests. It is a period of relative dependency on caregivers and adults, during which individuals form foundational experiences and memories that shape their future development and personality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Childhoodnoun

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

  2. Childhoodnoun

    children, taken collectively

  3. Childhoodnoun

    the commencement; the first period

  4. Etymology: [AS. cildhd; cild child + -hd. See Child, and -hood.]


  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.

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

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Childhood in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Childhood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Childhood in a Sentence

  1. Alex Stevens:

    I'm very apprehensive about what's happening right now and what's going to happen over the next few weeks to this group of our society who are extremely vulnerable, who've been exposed to adverse experiences, neglect and abuse from childhood onwards, and now risk being put at the back of the queue for support when in fact, they should be in front of it.

  2. Aloo Denish:

    There is no scent of nostalgia like a fragrance drawn from the garden of childhood memories.

  3. William Lee Golden:

    I had a vision of doing this a year-and-a-half before the pandemic, and I talked to my sons about it. When the pandemic hit, about three or four weeks into it, I called my sons over to the house. I saw we were dealing with a negative situation in life, and I decided to take them back to my childhood, to the old songs that I started out singing in the very beginning, with my sister and my little brother.

  4. Arsene Wenger:

    ( It is) society's problem, more intelligent people than Arsene Wenger think about that and nobody has found a miraculous solution, it certainly starts from childhood education and an open-minded attitude.

  5. Olafur Eliasson:

    One of the main sources of inspiration was for me my childhood in Iceland where the harbour,... where I spent a lot of time as my father was a sailor, sometimes filled up with boats so you could cross the harbour by going from one deck to the next.

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