child - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 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 film is not suitable for young children.

    He can’t understand – he’s just a child.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] for or about children

      a child car seat

    2. b.
      [only before noun] used for showing that the person mentioned is a child

      a child actor

      child workers

  2. 2
    someone’s son or daughter of any age

    All of our children are grown and married.

    They’re expecting their second child in May.

    See also only child
  3. 4
    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 ’80s