child Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “child” in the English Dictionary

"child" in British English

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childnoun [C]

uk   us   /tʃaɪld/ (plural children )
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 ​eatvegetables. A ​smallgroup of children ​waitedoutside the ​door. Both her children are now ​married with children of ​their own. Jan is ​married with three young children.
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disapproving an ​adult who ​behavesbadly, like a ​badlybehaved child: He's such a child if he doesn't get his own way.a child of sth someone who has been very ​influenced by a ​particularperiod or ​situation: Me, I'm a child of the 60s.
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  • She had to ​drag her child away from the ​toyshop.
  • Her ​eldest child is ​nearly 14.
  • She's got four children, all under the ​age of five.
  • The children are always ​hungry when they get ​home from ​school.
  • Don't be so ​silly - you're ​acting like a child!
(Definition of child from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"child" in American English

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childnoun [C]

 us   /tʃɑɪld/ (plural children  /ˈtʃɪl·drən/ )
a ​person from the ​time of ​birth until he or she is an ​adult, or a ​son or ​daughter of any ​age: Jan has a three-year-old child and two school-age children. Now in ​their 60s, Jerome and Sally have two ​grown children (= ​adultsons or ​daughters).
childlike
adjective  us   /ˈtʃɑɪldˌlɑɪk/
childlike ​enthusiasm/​innocence
(Definition of child from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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