Meaning of “latchkey kid” in the English Dictionary

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"latchkey kid" in British English

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latchkey kidnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlætʃ.kiː ˌkɪd/ us /ˈlætʃ.kiː ˌkɪd/ also latchkey child old-fashioned informal

a child who has a key to his or her home and is often alone at home after school has finished for the day because his or her parents are out at work

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