Meaning of “childhood” in the English Dictionary

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"childhood" in British English

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childhoodnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈtʃaɪld.hʊd/ us /ˈtʃaɪld.hʊd/

B1 the time when someone is a child:

She had an unhappy childhood.
Childhood is not always a happy time.

More examples

  • Miller's fascination with medieval art dates from her childhood.
  • "I'd like to ask you some questions about your childhood, if I may." "Fire away! ".
  • For Proust, the taste of a madeleine brought childhood memories flooding back .
  • Adults often look back on their childhood as a golden age.
  • Most phobias are grounded in childhood experiences.

(Definition of “childhood” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"childhood" in American English

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childhoodnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtʃɑɪld·hʊd/

the time when a person is a child:

[ C ] She spent most of her childhood on a farm in Texas.

(Definition of “childhood” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)