Childhood definition

chīldho͝od
The time or state of being a child.
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The definition of childhood refers to the years of your youth, typically it refers to the time before you turn 13 and become a teenager, although it can also refer to the time until you are 18 and considered legally an adult.

An example of childhood is the time you spend as a toddler and young adult living in your parents' home.

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(uncountable) The state of being a child.
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The time during which one is a child, from between infancy and puberty.
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(by extension) The early stages of development of something.
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An early stage of development.
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The state or time of being a child; esp., the period from infancy to puberty.
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The early stage in the existence or development of something.

The childhood of Western civilization.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
childhood
Plural:
childhoods

Origin of childhood

  • From Middle English childhod, from Old English ċildhād (“childhood”), from ċild (“child”) + -hād (“-hood”), equivalent to child +‎ -hood.

    From Wiktionary