child


child
child [chīld]
n.
pl. children [ME, pl. childre (now dial. childer; children is double pl.) < OE cild, pl. cild, cildru < IE * gelt-, a swelling up < base * gel-, rounded (sense development: swelling — womb — fetus — offspring > Goth kilthei, womb, L globus, sphere]
1. an infant; baby
2. an unborn offspring; fetus
3. a boy or girl in the period before puberty
4. a son or daughter; offspring
5.
a) a descendant
b) a member of a tribe, clan, etc.often used in pl. [children of Israel]
6. a person like a child in interests, judgment, etc., or one regarded as immature and childish
7. a person identified with a specified place, time, etc. [a child of the Renaissance]
8. a thing that springs from a specified source; product [a child of one's imagination]
9. Archaic CHILDE
10. [Brit. Dial.] a female infant
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with child
pregnant
childless
adj.
childlessness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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