- The definition of a child is a person you have given birth to, your son or your daughter, a person who hasn't yet grown up, someone inexperienced in a certain thing or someone behaving in an immature manner.
- An example of your child is your 30 year old son.
- An example of a child is someone who is only four years old.
- An example of a child is an adult who throws a temper tantrum any time he doesn't get his way.
- An example of a child in political matters is someone who has no knowledge of politics at all.
A happy child painting.
- an infant; baby
- an unborn offspring; fetus
- a boy or girl in the period before puberty
- a son or daughter; offspring
- a descendant
- a member of a tribe, clan, etc.: often used in pl.: children of Israel
- a person like a child in interests, judgment, etc., or one regarded as immature and childish
- a person identified with a specified place, time, etc.: a child of the Renaissance
- a thing that springs from a specified source; product: a child of one's imagination
- Archaic childe
- Brit., Dialectal a female infant
Origin of childMiddle English plural childre (now dialect, dialectal childer; children is double plural ) ; from Old English cild, plural cild, cildru ; from Indo-European an unverified form gelt-, a swelling up ; from base an unverified form gel-, rounded (sense development: swelling — womb — fetus — offspring from source Gothic kilthei, womb, Classical Latin globus, sphere
- a. A person between birth and puberty.b. A person who has not attained maturity or the age of legal majority.
- a. An unborn infant; a fetus.b. An infant; a baby.
- One who is childish or immature.
- A son or daughter; an offspring.
- A member of a tribe; descendant: children of Abraham.
- 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).
Origin of childMiddle English, from Old English cild.
(plural children or childer)
- A daughter or son; an offspring.
- Her child is in 1st grade.
- My youngest child is forty-three.
- (figuratively) An offspring; one born in, or considered a product of the culture of, a place.
- (figuratively) A member of a tribe, a people or a race of beings; one born into or considered a product of a people.
- The children of Israel.
- (figuratively) A thing or abstraction derived from or caused by something.
- Poverty, disease, and despair are the children of war.
- A person who is below the age of adulthood; a minor (person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability).
- Go easy on him: he is but a child.
- (computing) A data item, process or object which has a subservient or derivative role relative to another data item, process or object.
- The child node then stores the actual data of the parent node.
From Middle English, from Old English ċild (“child, infant, youth of gentle birth”), from Proto-Germanic *kelþą (“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 (kilþei, “womb”), Sanskrit जर्त (jarta), जर्तु (jártu, “vulva”).
- (law) Abbreviation of children.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Court Names", Table T7, p. 432-434.
child - Computer Definition
child - Legal Definition
- A person under the age of majority. See also age.
- Under the common law, a person who is under 14 years of age.
- The son or daughter of a person or an individual who is treated as such.
- A child born to his parents. Also called natural child.
- A child genetically related to a specified parent. Also called genetic child and natural child. See also adoption.
- A minor who intentionally and constantly engages in antisocial behavior.
- A minor who does something that would be a crime if committed by an adult. Whether the child would be subject to the juvenile court’s jurisdiction would depend on whether the child is over the statutorily established age. See also juvenile delinquent.
- In common law, a child born or conceived in lawful wedlock.
- Under most modern statutes, a child born or conceived in lawful wedlock or later legitimated by her parents’ subsequent marriage, her father’s acknowledgement of paternity, or a judicial determination of paternity.