Definition of latchkey child in English:

latchkey child

Syllabification: latch·key child
(also informal latchkey kid)


A child who is at home without adult supervision for some part of the day, especially after school until a parent returns from work.
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  • As a child, Ivey, 42, was a latchkey kid until junior high school, when her stepmother retired.
  • Dec is the baby of a large Irish Catholic brood of seven children while Ant is the eldest of three, a latchkey kid who made his own lunch and who, after his parents divorced, lived with his mum and looked after his younger sister.
  • Now, when I was a kid, my mom worked, and I was a latchkey kid.

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