• IPA: /ˈtʃaɪldhʊd/


  1. (mostly, uncountable) The state of being a child.
  2. The time during which one is a child, from between infancy and puberty.
  3. (by extension) The early stages of development of something.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      the childhood of our joy
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