Definition of “child” - English Dictionary

“child” in British English

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childnoun [ C ]

uk /tʃaɪld/ 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 eat vegetables.
A small group of children waited outside 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 behaves badly, like a badly behaved 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 particular period or situation:

Me, I'm a child of the 60s.

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(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 (= adult sons or daughters).
childlike
adjective us /ˈtʃɑɪldˌlɑɪk/

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