American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A usually school-age child who regularly spends part of the day unsupervised at home while the parents are at work.
- n. latchkey kid
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A child who frequently spends part of the day at home without adult supervision, especially a school child who returns home before the parent(s) return from work. Called also
- n. a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
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