Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “child”

child

noun [C] uk   /tʃaɪld/ (plural children) us  
A1 a boy or girl from the time of birth until he or she is an adult, or a son or daughter of any age: an eight-year-old child As a child I didn't eat vegetables. A small group of children waited outside the door. Both her children are now married with children of their own. Jan is married with three young children. They campaign for the rights of the unborn child.
See also
Family relations in generalChildren and babies
disapproving an adult who behaves badly, like a badly behaved child: He's such a child if he doesn't get his own way.Stupid and silly people a child of sth someone who has been very influenced by a particular period or situation: Me, I'm a child of the 60s.Outcomes and consequences
(Definition of child from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of child?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Easiness and simplicity, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “child” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More