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English definition of “childhood”

childhood

noun [C or U]     /ˈtʃaɪld.hʊd/
B1 the time when someone is a child : She had an unhappy childhood. Childhood is not always a happy time . → Compare boyhood, girlhoodStages of lifeChildren and babies
(Definition of childhood noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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