A child is a young person who's typically older than a baby but younger than a teen. As a child, you probably had your parents watching over you as you played in a sandbox.

The noun child come from the Old English word cild, meaning "child, infant." Retaining a similar meaning into modern times, the word still refers to a young person, male or female. But you can be considered a child after reaching adulthood — in the eyes of your parents, at least. Immature behavior like throwing a temper tantrum can also mark you as a child. The word can also refer to someone in a clan or tribe, young or old.

Definitions of child

n a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age

“they had three children
a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
(Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac; he traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a mess of pottage
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army brat
the child of a career officer of the United States Army
babe, baby, infant
a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
female offspring
a child who is female
male offspring, man-child
a child who is male
a child of your spouse by a former marriage
blue baby
an infant born with a bluish color; usually has a defective heart
a sweet innocent baby
daughter, girl
a female human offspring
abandoned infant, foundling
a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown
an infant who is sponsored by an adult (the godparent) at baptism
neonate, newborn, newborn baby, newborn infant
a baby from birth to four weeks
nurseling, nursling, suckling
an infant considered in relation to its nurse
papoose, pappoose
an American Indian infant
boy, son
a male human offspring
a daughter of your spouse by a former marriage
the son your spouse by a former marriage
test-tube baby
a baby conceived by fertilization that occurs outside the mother's body; the woman's ova are removed and mixed with sperm in a culture medium - if fertilization occurs the blastocyte is implanted in the woman's uterus
war baby
conceived or born during war
Type of:
issue, offspring, progeny
the immediate descendants of a person

n a young person of either sex

“she writes books for children
fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
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a child: son or daughter
a robust child
a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child
a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
foster child, foster-child, fosterling
a child who is raised by foster parents
imp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp
one who is playfully mischievous
a young child
a child who has lost both parents
a young child who is small for his age
poster child
a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes
kindergartener, kindergartner, preschooler
a child who attends a preschool or kindergarten
a word used for misbehaving children
a child
bambino, toddler, tot, yearling
a young child
poor and often mischievous city child
street child, waif
a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
foster daughter, foster-daughter
someone who is raised as a daughter although not related by birth
foster son, foster-son
someone who is raised as a son although not related by birth
poster boy
a male poster child
poster girl
a female poster child
ragamuffin, tatterdemalion
a dirty shabbily clothed urchin
guttersnipe, street urchin
a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
brat, holy terror, little terror, terror
a very troublesome child
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juvenile, juvenile person
a young person, not fully developed

n an immature childish person

“he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived”
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n a member of a clan or tribe

“the children of Israel”
Type of:
descendant, descendent
a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race

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