child S1 W1 plural children [countable]
someone who is not yet an adult [= kid]:
The hotel is ideal for families with young children.
Your interest and support are important to your child.
The film is not suitable for children under 12.
I was very happy as a child (=when I was a child).
three-year-old child/child of eight etc
For a child of five this was a terrifying experience.
parents with pre-school children (=children who are too young to go to school)
an agreement to regulate child labour (=the use of children in industry)
child killer/victim/prostitute etc (=a child who is a killer etc)
the rights of the unborn child (=a baby that is still inside its mother)
a son or daughter of any age:
I have five children, all happily married.
She lives with her husband, Paul, and three grown-up children.
Annie had always wanted to get married and have children.
Alex is an only child (=he has no brothers or sisters).
youngest/eldest child especially British English
Our youngest child, Sam, has just started university.
youngest/middle/oldest child especially American English
someone who is very strongly influenced by the ideas and attitudes of a particular period of history
somebody influenced by an idea
a real child of the Sixties
someone who behaves like a child and is not sensible or responsible - used to show disapproval:
somebody who is like a child
She's such a child!
used to say that something is very easy to do:
I've cooked for 200 people before now. So, tonight is child's play by comparison.
an expression meaning that children should be quiet and not talk - used when you disapprove of the way a child is behaving
7 old use
to be pregnant
8 old use
to be nearly ready to give birth