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childhood

noun
     
child‧hood W3 [uncountable and countable]
the period of time when you are a child:
I had a very happy childhood.
in/during/since (somebody's) childhood
Most infections occur in childhood.
She had been writing poems since her childhood.
childhood home/friend/experience etc (=a home etc that you had when you were a child)
childhood memories (=the memories you have of your childhood)
second childhoodWORD FOCUS: young WORD FOCUS: young
other words meaning young: little/small used to describe young children, especially below the age of 6
teenage
used to describe someone who is between 13 and 19
adolescent
used to describe someone who is developing into an adult
youthful
looking young

a young person: kid informal a young person
teenager
someone who is between 13 and 19
youth
a man or boy between 15 and 25, especially one who is involved in fighting or crime
adolescent
a young person who is developing into an adult
minor
a young person who is not yet legally an adult

the time when someone is young: childhood the time when you are a child
youth
the time when you are no longer a child but you are still young
adolescence
the time when you develop into an adult


See also
young

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