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Usage statistics for the noun child:

spoken English40.37%written English59.63% conversational speech28.96%task-oriented speech71.04% imaginative writing42.96%informational writing57.04%
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Child is sometimes a misspelling of children.

The word child is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun child

What does child mean as a name of something?

Child is the 8th most common noun in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: children

  1. a young person of either sex
  2. a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
  3. an immature childish person
  4. a member of a clan or tribe
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: descendant / descendent = a person considered as descended from some ancestor

Alternative definition of the noun child


  1. A daughter or son.
  2. A person who is below the age of adulthood; a minor [gloss, person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability].
  3. [computing] A data item, process or object which has a subservient or derivative role relative to another data item, process or object.


  1. Child: Biologically, a child is generally a human between the stages of birth and puberty. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority.
    • also known as 儿童
  2. Child is a fictional character from the 1986 film Manzel Al A'ela Al Masmooma.
  3. Child a.k.a. Boy is a fictional character from the 2009 film The Road.
    • read more about Boy
  4. Child is a fictional character from the 2013 film Monologue.
  5. Child is a fictional character from the 2004 film The Garden of Earthly Delights.
  6. Child is a fictional character from the 2012 film Mirror Mirror.
  7. Child is a fictional character from the 2009 film Shadow.
  8. Child is a fictional character from the 1959 film The 400 Blows.

There are other characters with in their name, like Child's, Bog child, Boy Child, Dead Child, Lost Child, Moon Child, Paul Child, Star Child, Alien Child, Brain Child, Brain-Child, Feral child, First Child, Ghost Child, Julia Child, Child labour, Christ Child, Foster Child, Foster-Child.


  1. "Child" a.k.a. "Paal" is a 2012 short, documentary, drama film written and directed by Victor Vargas and Christoph Müller.
    • read more about Paal
  2. "Child" a.k.a. "Çocuk" is a film, directed by Muhammet Beyazdağ.


  1. "CHILD" is a cataloged instance, composition.
    • music and lyrics by Freddie Aguilar
  2. "Child" is the debut single from former Take That band member, Mark Owen, released on 1 November 1996. It was the first single to be released from Owen's debut album, Green Man. The Beatles-influenced track peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the joint-most successful single of his whole solo career. It was certified silver and sold over 200,000 copies. "Child" was available on both CD and Cassette formats.
  3. "Child" is a musical album of David Lang.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  4. "Child" is a musical single of Mark Owen.
  5. "Child": Child is a 1977 music album by Child.
    • artists: Child & Child
    • released in (38 years ago)
  6. "Child" is a musical EP of Natalie Holmes.
    • released on


Child was a British pop group which found success in the late 1970s. The band was a four-piece, consisting of Graham Bilbrough, twins Keith and Tim Atack and Mike Mckenzie. Their biggest hit was a cover of the Conway Twitty song "It's Only Make Believe", which was a top ten hit in 1978.


  1. Child is a discontinued American parenting magazine founded by Jackie Leo and MaryAnn Sommers in 1986 and published through 2007. It was originally backed by Italian publishers, then sold to The New York Times Magazine Group which published it until 1995 along with its other women’s magazines, including Family Circle, before selling the titles to Gruner + Jahr. The Meredith Corporation acquired the Gruner & Jahr group in 2005.
  2. The child archetype is a Jungian archetype, first suggested by psychologist Carl Jung. In more recent years, author Caroline Myss has suggested that the child, out of the four survival archetypes, is present in all humans. According to Myss, its presence ranges from "childish to childlike longing for the innocent, regardless of age" and comprises sub-archetypes: "wounded child", "abandoned or orphan child", "dependent child", "magical/innocent child", "nature child", "divine child", and "eternal child".
  3. Child: The ancient Egyptian child hieroglyph is part of the Egyptian Gardiner's Sign List hieroglyphs for the beginning core subgroup of Man and his Occupations. It relates to the child, and childhood, and has a version for the Pharaoh, as a child.

Phrases with Child

Phrases starting with the word Child:

  1. child care
  2. Child Porn
  3. Child Rape
  4. Child-Free
  5. child abuse
  6. Child Bride
  7. Child labor
  8. child-proof

Phrases ending with the word Child:

  1. Man Child
  2. man-child
  3. War Child
  4. Life Child
  5. love child
  6. male child
  7. Only child
  8. Wild Child
  9. with child
  10. Feral child
  11. Inner child
  12. Barrel Child

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Child

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Google previewQuentin Meillassoux (2011)

by Graham Harman

The child is the thinking being who teaches its peers that this power has no value in its own right (a value stemming from the transcendent origin of such a power) but solely in the immanent end to which it gives rise: to these peers themselves ...

Google previewJung's Map of the Soul (1998)

An Introduction by Murray Stein

The first child is a responsible little grownup, the middle child is a mediator, and the youngest child is the creative baby. The black sheep role is found everywhere and in all times, as is the scapegoat. People are assigned such roles by ...

Google previewChildhood (2005)

Critical Concepts in Sociology by Chris Jenks

The philosopher's child is an unfinished human.

Google previewProgramming Windows Presentation Foundation (2005)

by Chris Sells, Ian Griffiths

However its first child is a SetterTimeline with a SpeedRatio of 0.25. Con- sequently, this timeline, which animates the third button, will run at normal speed. The next nested SetterTimeline, which controls the fourth button, has a BeginTime of ...

Google previewXAML Unleashed (2014)

by Adam Nathan

The following code assumes that the Page has a StackPanel object as its content , whose fifth child is a Stop button: string xamlString = ...; // Get the root element, which we know is a Page Page p = (Page)XamlReader.Load(xamlString); // Grab ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development (2016)

Psychology, Human development by CTI Reviews

Working memory • Neural development • visual acuity • Visual cortex • Cognitive development • Cystic fibrosis • Heroin • Mental retardation • Fetal alcohol syndrome • Sudden infantdeath syndrome • Child development • Flow measurement ...

Google previewThe dictionary of medical and surgical knowledge, by the editor of the 'Dictionary of useful knowledge'. (1864)

desirable object, the child, before being separated from the mother, should be immersed up to the chin in a basin of warm water ; and while one hand keeps the head above the water, the fingers of the other must be used to rub the spine, as in ...

Google previewThe Anti-Capitalist Dictionary (2006)

Movements, Histories, and Motivations by David E. Lowes

net CHILD LABOUR refers to children who are in some form of paid emplov- ment. This can ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Problems (2008)

by Vincent N. Parrillo

Ability Grouping Abortion Abuse, Child Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Elderly Abuse, Intimate Partner Abuse, Sibling Academic Standards Accidents, Automobile Accommodation. See Pluralism Acculturation Acid Rain Activity Theory Addiction ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (2005)

Volume I: Adult Clinical Applications Volume II: Child Clinical Applications Volume III: Educational Applications by Michel Hersen

We hope that the Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Child Clinical Applications (Volume II) will be useful to a great variety of individuals. Practitioners, professors, schoolteachers, and, most important, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medicine in the Bible and the Talmud (2000)

by Fred Rosner

A blind child knows its mother by the smell and ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

Continue in cycles of two breaths and 30 compressions for both the infant and the child until further assistance arrives or you are a lone rescuer and need to leave after a minute of CPR to summon the emergency services. If you are alone ...

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Usage statistics about child

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun child:

spoken English40.37%written English59.63% conversational speech28.96%task-oriented speech71.04% imaginative writing42.96%informational writing57.04%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun child:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun child and its most common antonym:


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Small photo of clown girl on the birthday of a child. A party for a child. Emotional Child fools aroundSmall photo of Upset problem child with head in hands sitting on staircase concept for bullying, depression stress or frustrationSmall photo of Little child girl in an astronaut costume is playing and dreaming of becoming a spaceman. Portrait of funny kid on a background of bright blue wall with yellow stars.Small photo of child plays in an astronaut costume and dreams of becoming a spaceman.Small photo of happy child girl in jeans overall playing on sunny field, summer outdoor lifestyle, cozy moodSmall photo of Happy child playing with toy wings against summer sky background. Retro tonedSmall photo of child is dressed in an astronaut costume More...

Video language resources about Child

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View more videos about The Child, Child care, Only child, With Child, Your Child, Feral child, Foster Child, Indigo Child, Middle Child, Poster child, Child prodigy, Child support, Child language, and Boomerang Child.

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Quotes about Child

Moon child
Born wild
Never to be tamed.
Monsoon child
Composed child
Child of the un-named.
Rise child of the flower bloom
Swoon in as out of season.
Rise child of the silver moon.
Journey within reason. (David Lacey)
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Scrabble value of C3H4I1L1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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