- child [ tʃaıld ] (plural chil|dren [ `tʃıldrən ] ) noun count ***1. ) a young person from the time they are born until they are about 14 years old:The nursery has places for 30 children.The movie is not suitable for young children.He can't understand he's just a child.a ) only before noun for or about children:a child car seatnew programs to address the problem of child povertyb ) only before noun used for showing that the person mentioned is a child:a child actorchild workers2. ) someone's son or daughter of any age:All of our children are grown and married.They're expecting their second child in May.only child (=someone who does not have any brothers or sisters): I was an only child and very lonely growing up.3. ) an adult who behaves in ways that are not reasonable or sensible4. ) someone whose character is influenced by the main political and social attitudes of a particular period of time:child of: a selfish, materialistic child of the '80sbe with child OLD-FASHIONEDto be pregnanthave a child or have childrento be or become a parent:fertility treatment for couples who can't have children
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.