Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A youth of noble birth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See child, 8.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English childe, child, child; see child.]

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From Old English ċild.

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