What does child mean?

Definitions for child
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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, nestling(noun)

    a young person of either sex

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

  2. child, kid(noun)

    a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age

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

  3. child, baby(noun)

    an immature childish person

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

  4. child(noun)

    a member of a clan or tribe

    "the children of Israel"

Wiktionary

  1. child(Noun)

    A daughter or son.

  2. child(Noun)

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

    Go easy on him: he is but a child.

  3. child(Noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Child(noun)

    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

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

  2. Child(noun)

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

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

  3. Child(noun)

    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

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

  4. Child(noun)

    a noble youth. See Childe

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

  5. Child(noun)

    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

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

  6. Child(noun)

    a female infant

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

  7. Child(verb)

    to give birth; to produce young

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

Freebase

  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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British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce child?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

How to say child in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Position the ladder right for them, but help not a child to climb.

  2. Jennifer Hensel:

    I remember asking,' Why would somebody walk into a school and kill my child ?' i need to know that answer. I have to have that answer.

  3. Harriet Hiscock:

    We also found that children with ADHD and sleep problems had poorer school attendance and their parents had poorer mental health and work attendance, we wanted to see if we could change some of these outcomes by improving the child’s sleep.

  4. Terri Burke:

    You say you have a sincerely held religious belief and you are a private adoption agency or private entity that helps place foster children -- you can say you will not place that child with gay parents .... If I'm Catholic I can say I don't want any Baptists to raise the child.

  5. Jason Johnson:

    Now it turns out that the Trump administration may have an equally implausible conspiracy on its hands : Is the administration involved in child sex trafficking or just white nationalism ? Follow me down the rabbit hole and see for yourself.

Images & Illustrations of child

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