Pronunciation: (chīld), [key]
pl. chil•dren.

1. a person between birth and full growth; a boy or girl: books for children.
2. a son or daughter: All my children are married.
3. a baby or infant.
4. a childish person: He's such a child about money.
5. a descendant: a child of an ancient breed.
6. any person or thing regarded as the product or result of particular agencies, influences, etc.: Abstract art is a child of the 20th century.
7. a person regarded as conditioned or marked by a given circumstance, situation, etc.: a child of poverty; a child of famine.
8. a human fetus.
9. Brit. Dial. Archaic.a female infant.
10. Archaic.childe.
11. with child, pregnant: She's with child.


Pronunciation: (chīld), [key]
Lydia Maria (Francis), 1802–80, U.S. author, abolitionist, and social reformer.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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