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English noun: child

1. child (person) a young person of either sex

SamplesShe writes books for children.
They're just kids.
`tiddler' is a British term for youngster.

Synonymsfry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

Broader (hypernym)juvenile, juvenile person

Narrower (hyponym)bairn, bambino, buster, changeling, child prodigy, foster child, foster-child, fosterling, imp, infant prodigy, kiddy, kindergartener, kindergartner, monkey, orphan, peanut, picaninny, piccaninny, pickaninny, poster child, preschooler, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp, silly, sprog, street child, toddler, tot, urchin, waif, wonder child, yearling

Part holonymchild's body

2. child (person) a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age

SamplesThey had three children.
They were able to send their kids to college.


Broader (hypernym)issue, offspring, progeny

Narrower (hyponym)army brat, babe, baby, female offspring, infant, male offspring, man-child, stepchild

Member meronymfamily, family unit


3. child (person) an immature childish person

SamplesHe remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived.
Stop being a baby!.


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

4. child (person) a member of a clan or tribe

SamplesThe children of Israel.

Broader (hypernym)descendant, descendent

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