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child (chīld)
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n. pl. chil·dren(chĭldrən)
1.
a. A person between birth and puberty.
b. A person who has not attained maturity or the age of legal majority.
2.
a. An unborn infant; a fetus.
b. An infant; a baby.
3. One who is childish or immature.
4. Someone to whom a specified person is a parent.
5. A member of a tribe; descendant: children of Abraham.
6.
a. An individual regarded as strongly affected by another or by a specified time, place, or circumstance: a child of nature; a child of the Sixties.
b. A product or result of something specified: “Times Square is a child of the 20th century” (Richard F. Shepard).
Idiom:
with child
Pregnant.

[Middle English, from Old English cild.]

childless adj.
childless·ness n.

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Child, Lydia Maria Francis 1802-1880.
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American abolitionist and writer of novels, children's books, and reform works, such as An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1833).

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Child (chīld), Julia McWilliams 1912-2004.
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American cookery expert known for her books and her instructional television and video series.

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