from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person between birth and puberty.
- n. A person who has not attained maturity or the age of legal majority.
- n. An unborn infant; a fetus.
- n. An infant; a baby.
- n. One who is childish or immature.
- n. A son or daughter; an offspring.
- n. A member of a tribe; descendant: children of Abraham.
- n. 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.
- n. A product or result of something specified: "Times Square is a child of the 20th century” ( Richard F. Shepard).
- idiom with child Pregnant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A daughter or son; an offspring.
- n. An offspring; one born in, or considered a product of the culture of, a place.
- n. A member of a tribe, a people or a race of beings; one born into or considered a product of a people.
- n. A thing or abstraction derived from or caused by something.
- n. A person who is below the age of adulthood; a minor (person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability).
- n. A data item, process or object which has a subservient or derivative role relative to another data item, process or object.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A son or a daughter; a male or female descendant, in the first degree; the immediate progeny of human parents; -- in law, legitimate offspring. Used also of animals and plants.
- n. A descendant, however remote; -- used esp. in the plural.
- n. One who, by character of practice, shows signs of relationship to, or of the influence of, another; one closely connected with a place, occupation, character, etc..
- n. A noble youth. See Childe.
- n. A young person of either sex. esp. one between infancy and youth; hence, one who exhibits the characteristics of a very young person, as innocence, obedience, trustfulness, limited understanding, etc.
- n. A female infant.
- intransitive v. To give birth; to produce young.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A male or female descendant in the first degree; the immediate progeny of human parents; a son or daughter: used in direct reference to the parentage of the person spoken of, without regard to sex.
- n. A descendant more remote than the first degree; a descendant, however remote: as, the children of Israel.
- n. plural The inhabitants of a country: as, “the children of Seir,” 2 Chron. xxv. 11.
- n. Specifically, a very young person; one not old enough to dispense with maternal aid and care. See childhood.
- n. Figuratively, a childish man or woman; one who resembles a child in lack of knowledge, experience, or judgment.
- n. In general, anything regarded as the offspring or product of something which is specified; product; result: as, disease is the child of intemperance; children of darkness.
- n. A girl.
- n. In old and poetical usage, a noble youth; a youth, especially one of high birth, before he was advanced to the honor of knighthood; a squire: also applied to a knight.
- n. A person in general.
- n. More especially, an illegitimate child; one who is actually the child but not the lawful issue of the suggested parent.
- n. Synonyms plural Offspring, issue, progeny.
- To produce children; brinig forth offspring.
- To bring forth as a child.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
- n. a young person of either sex
- n. an immature childish person
- n. a member of a clan or tribe
Middle English, from Old English cild.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English ċild ("child, infant, youth of gentle birth"), from Proto-Germanic *kildiz (“child in the womb, fruit of the womb, child”), from Proto-Indo-European *g(')elt- (“womb”). Cognate with Danish kuld ("brood, litter"), Swedish kull ("brood, litter"), Icelandic kelta, kjalta ("lap"), Gothic 𐌺𐌹𐌻𐌸𐌴𐌹 (kilþei, "womb"), Sanskrit जर्त (jarta), जर्तु (jártu, "vulva"). (Wiktionary)