Definitions of child

  1. an immature childish person; " he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived"; " stop being a baby!"
  2. a young person of either sex ( between birth and puberty); " she writes books for children"; " they're just kids"; "` tiddler' is a British term for youngsters"
  3. a human offspring ( son or daughter) of any age; " they had three children"; " they were able to send their kids to college"
  4. a young person of either sex; " she writes books for children"; " they're just kids"; "` tiddler' is a British term for youngsters"
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A female infant.
  8. To give birth; to produce young.
  9. A son or daughter of any age, sometimes including biological offspring, unborn children, adopted children, stepchildren, foster children and children born outside of marriage. A person under an age specified by law, often 14 or 16. For example, state law may require a person to be over the age of 14 to make a valid will, or may define the crime of statutory rape as sex with a person under the age of 16. In this sense, a child can be distinguished from a minor, who is a person under the age of 18 in most states. A person below the specified legal age who is married is often considered an adult rather than a child. See also emancipation.
  10. 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.
  11. A descendant, however remote; - used esp. in the plural; as, the children of Israel; the children of Edom.
  12. A person 6 to 12 years of age. An individual 2 to 5 years old is CHILD, PRESCHOOL.
  13. A son or daughter; a baby; a very young person; sometimes, a descendant.
  14. ( pl. CHILDREN), An infant or very young person: one intimately related to one older: a disciple:- pl. offspring: descendants: inhabitants.
  15. A son or daughter; very young person; descendant.
  16. A human being in early youth; a son or daughter.
  17. A son or a daughter; offspring; a very young person; an infant; one young in knowledge, experience, judgment, or attainments; spiritual offspring; descendants, however remote; the inhabitants of a country. With child, pregnant.

Usage examples for child

  1. " Oh my dear Child," she said. – Fairy Prince and Other Stories by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  2. As you say, you are no longer a child. – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
  3. What says my child? – The Fatal Falsehood by Hannah More
  4. Then say it, child. – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  5. She's a good child and does as she's told. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  6. My dear child, what is the matter? – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  7. Was she the child her mother thought her? – Molly Brown's Post-Graduate Days by Nell Speed
  8. Has she not seen her child? – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  9. You have named- our child? – A Fool There Was by Porter Emerson Browne
  10. And so she asked Dr. Lavendar to send the child up to her the day before she was to go away;- by himself. – The Awakening of Helena Richie by Margaret Deland
  11. " My child," she said, " why did you do it?" – The Unwilling Vestal by Edward Lucas White
  12. A child could answer it. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  13. I have the child! – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  14. I will go to the child." – Laos Folk-Lore of Farther India by Katherine Neville Fleeson
  15. I will go in to the child. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  16. Betty, my dear child, I thought before that I wanted you. – The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter
  17. He's but a child. – McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
  18. I know the child.... – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  19. For a time I was a child again. – Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing by T. S. Arthur
  20. They thought more of the way than of the child. – Revisiting the Earth by James Langdon Hill