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only child

noun [C] uk   ( plural only children) us  
a child who has no sisters or brothers
Translations of “only child”
in Chinese (Traditional) 獨生子(或女)…
in Russian единственный ребенок…
in Turkish tek çocuk, hiç kardeşi olmayan çocuk…
in Chinese (Simplified) 独生子(或女)…
in Polish jedyna-k/czka…
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