Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A child of noble birth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A child of noble birth.
  • n. The cognomen given to the oldest son prior to his taking his father's title.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cognomen formerly prefixed to his name by the oldest son, until he succeeded to his ancestral titles, or was knighted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See child, 8.

Etymologies

Middle English childe, child, child; see child.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English ċild. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What Clinton phrases as a commonplace has not been located in midwifery treatises; Gouge, however, does employ the phrase "The drawing forth of a womans milke by her childe is a means to get and preserve a good stomach, which is a great preservative of good health" (Of Domesticall Duties, L12r).

    The Countesse of Lincolnes Nurserie

  • Even words that to me feel neutral in English are feminine, if they describe a person or an animal, like the use of "childe" instead of "child", "catte" instead of "cat".

    Elisabeth Vonarburg: In the Mother's Land

  • The "childe" is, in fact, lord Byron himself, who was only twenty-two when he began the poem, which was completed in seven years.

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol. 1 A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook

  • I have said before), and that at a time most fortunate for his purpose; for when he was coming home from Ireland, with intent to revenge himselfe upon my Lord of Leicester for begetting his wife with childe in his absence (the childe was a daughter, and brought up by the Lady Shandoes,

    Kenilworth

  • "The like good chance had he in the death of my Lord of Essex (as I have said before), and that at a time most fortunate for his purpose; for when he was coming home from Ireland, with intent to revenge himselfe upon my Lord of Leicester for begetting his wife with childe in his absence (the childe was a daughter, and brought up by the Lady Shandoes,

    Kenilworth

  • The website has also been an immediate hit among the Twitterati, who are beginning to childe one another if they link to the actual Daily Mail website.

    Patrick Hayes: IstyOsty: The Website That Allows the Twitterati to Have a Guilt-Free Two Minute Hate

  • If he was so sure that a “vemen childe”—a woman child—was so useless that he “might as well shoot himself now” then he could “bludy” well find the horse by himself.

    Judge deveraux

  • In the midst of a discussion about a Jewish tradition mandating that each couple has at least one male and one female childe, Bryan Cap Tracked on July 31, 2005 9:10 PM

    Be Fruitful and Multiply by 1.5, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The childe, Marie, was appointed to the care of the Malkavian clan and she is starting to fit in.

    Lex III

  • I'm not sure what exactly he did, but he created a childe without permission and he fled the city soon after that.

    Lex III

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