- childW1S1 [tʃaıld] n plural children [ˈtʃıldrən]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(young person)¦2¦(son/daughter)¦3¦(somebody influenced by an idea)¦4¦(somebody who is like a child)¦5 something is child's play6 children should be seen and not heard7 be with child8 be heavy/great with child▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: cild]1.) ¦(YOUNG PERSON)¦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)2.) ¦(SON/DAUGHTER)¦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 childespecially BrE▪ Our youngest child, Sam, has just started university.youngest/middle/oldest childespecially AmE3.) ¦(SOMEBODY INFLUENCED BY AN IDEA)¦someone who is very strongly influenced by the ideas and attitudes of a particular period of historychild of▪ a real child of the Sixties4.) ¦(SOMEBODY WHO IS LIKE A CHILD)¦someone who behaves like a child and is not sensible or responsible - used to show disapproval▪ She's such a child !5.) sth is child's playused 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.6.) children should be seen and not heardan expression meaning that children should be quiet and not talk - used when you disapprove of the way a child is behaving7.) be with childold use to be ↑pregnant8.) be heavy/great with childold use to be nearly ready to give birth
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.