Definition of child in English:
noun (plural children /ˈtʃɪldr(ə)n/)
- The ultrasound probe is used mainly for head scanning of newborn babies and young children.
- Malnourishment prevents a child from reaching full mental and physical development.
- Is it inevitable when a baby or a young child gets these autoantibodies that they go on to develop diabetes?
- The couple had three children, a daughter and two sons who work in the business.
- She said that if she had children she would want daughters like Holly.
- I have chosen to stay at home to bring up my daughter and any other children that I may choose to have.
- I mean, it is an iD shareware product, the child of a small independent studio.
- And which child of the Generation Next is interested in collecting greeting cards?
- What is the destiny that is to be fulfilled, and who is the one true child of it?
Old English cild, of Germanic origin. The Middle English plural childer or childre became childeren or children by association with plurals ending in -en, such as brethren.
In Anglo-Saxon times child frequently meant a newborn baby, a sense we retain in childbirth (mid 16th century). In the 16th century child was sometimes used to specify a female infant: ‘A very pretty bairn. A boy or a child, I wonder?’ (Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale). On a similar theme, the familiar saying children should be seen and not heard was applied originally not to children but to young women. It was described as early as 1400 as ‘an old English saw’ (or saying) in the form ‘A maid should be seen, but not heard’. It was not until the 19th century that children became the subject.
- A task which is easily accomplished: tapping telephones is child’s playMore example sentences
- The task would have been child's play to even the very worst of pickpockets.
- It is child's play to access your bank account and track your movements through your mobile or by the cash withdrawals that you make.
- Without much help from parents or teachers, an easy point and browse mechanism would be child's play.
from a child
- Since childhood: from a child she had taken ballet lessonsMore example sentences
- The Nick I've known from a child up until his adult age would never put his life ahead of the love for his family.
- He's also Sullivan's surrogate father, having raised him from a child to become one of his most loyal employees.
- As the son of a minister who had been taught the Scriptures and the ways of God from a child, I had enough head knowledge to talk and fit into Christian situations.
- archaic Pregnant.Example sentences
- Not being with child, I cannot attest to the truthfulness of the latter claim - and there is only so much I'll do in the name of research.
- Yesterday, I drove out to St. Thomas to do a little private practice for one of my colleagues who is with child.
- While I walk, I muse on art and life. Back home, I make breakfast for Rose, who is with child.
- Example sentences
- It does not matter if that family is childless by choice, infertility or other factors.
- She decided to learn more about the problem of infertility and do something to help all those childless couples.
- No, the reason you're single and childless is because you chose to be that way.
- Example sentences
- It explores some of the issues that surround childlessness, infertility and parenthood.
- You know it's hard to say how infertility or childlessness strikes each individual person.
- Another year of childlessness would have made me feel old, spindled, barren and blighted.
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