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
  1. noun
    a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
    “they had three children
    synonyms: kid
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    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
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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
  2. noun
    a young person of either sex
    “she writes books for children
    synonyms: 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, wunderkind
    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
    a 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
  3. noun
    an immature childish person
    “he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived”
    synonyms: baby
  4. noun
    a member of a clan or tribe
    “the children of Israel”
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    descendant, descendent
    a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
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