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child·hood

 (chīld′ho͝od′)
n.
1. The time or state of being a child.
2. The early stage in the existence or development of something: the childhood of Western civilization.

childhood

(ˈtʃaɪldhʊd)
n
the condition of being a child; the period of life before puberty

child•hood

(ˈtʃaɪld hʊd)

n.
1. the state or period of being a child.
2. the early stage in the existence of something.
[before 950]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
anal phase, anal stage - (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned
latency period, latency phase, latency stage - (psychoanalysis) the fourth period (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual interests are supposed to be sublimated into other activities
phallic phase, phallic stage - (psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure
girlhood, maidenhood, maidhood - the childhood of a girl
boyhood - the childhood of a boy
prepuberty - a period of two years immediately prior to the onset of puberty when growth and changes leading to sexual maturity occur
2.childhood - the state of a child between infancy and adolescence
immatureness, immaturity - not having reached maturity

childhood

noun youth, minority, infancy, schooldays, immaturity, boyhood or girlhood She had a very happy childhood.
Quotations
"Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies."
"Nobody that matters, that is" [Edna St. Vincent Millay Childhood is the Kingdom where Nobody dies]
"One of the great pleasures of childhood is found in the mysteries which it hides from the skepticism of the elders, and works up into small mythologies of its own" [Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. The Poet at the Breakfast Table]
Translations
طفولةطُفُولَةطُفولَه، سِن الطُّفولَه
dětství
barndom
infanaĝo
lapsuus
बचपन
djetinjstvo
barnæska
子供時代
어린 시절어린이성유년 시대초기
otroštvo
barndom
วัยเด็ก
بچپن
thời thơ ấu

childhood

[ˈtʃaɪldhʊd] Nniñez f, infancia f
from childhooddesde niño
to be in one's second childhoodestar en su segunda infancia
see also sweetheart

childhood

[ˈtʃaɪldhʊd] nenfance fchildhood sweetheart namour m d'enfance

childhood

[ˈtʃaɪldhʊd] ninfanzia
from childhood → fin dall'infanzia, fin da piccolo/a

child

(tʃaild) plural children (ˈtʃildrən) noun
1. a young human being of either sex.
2. a son or daughter. Her youngest child is five years old.
ˈchildhood noun
the state or time of being a child. Her childhood was a time of happiness.
ˈchildish adjective
like a child; silly. a childish remark.
ˈchildishly adverb
ˈchildishness noun
ˈchildless adjective
having no children. the childless couple.
ˈchildlike adjective
innocent; like a child. childlike faith; trustful and childlike.
ˈchildbirth noun
the act of giving birth to a child. She died in childbirth.
child's play
something very easy. Climbing that hill will be child's play.

childhood

طُفُولَة dětství barndom Kindheit παιδική ηλικία infancia lapsuus enfance djetinjstvo infanzia 子供時代 어린 시절 jeugd barndom dzieciństwo infância детство barndom วัยเด็ก çocukluk thời thơ ấu 童年

child·hood

n. infancia, niñez.

childhood

n niñez f, infancia
References in periodicals archive ?
Additionally, it says nothing about the many adults with similar childhoods who do not experience one of these syndromes.
Musical Childhoods and the Cultures of Youth, Edited by Susan Boynton and Roe-Min Kok.
In the first of the new studies, psychologist Christine Heim of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and her coworkers found that adults with CFS report a greater number of traumatic circumstances in their childhoods than other adults do.
Mintz means to acknowledge a multitude of American childhoods and privilege none.
June 29-July 3: Childhoods Conference: Oslo; Norwegian Social Research & Childwatch International Research Network; http://childhoods2005.
Guzman said he hopes visitors who view his exhibit will leave with a better appreciation for children, many of whom are missing their own childhoods.
Among people who said none of those events had happened during their childhoods, 42% had ever smoked, past or present.
45) Today, while childhoods can still remain somewhat culturally specific, adolescence is less and less so.
Fifteen women cited "severe" memory deficits for their childhoods or had only recently unearthed memories of abuse.
A more explicit contrast of needy childhoods and public responses in the colonial and modern periods could have thrown the characteristics of the latter period (which is the book's real subject) into higher relief.
Dunedin-born youngsters who spent their childhoods embroiled in behavioral and school problems and who entered puberty earlier than most of their peers proved the most likely to embrace teenage delinquency, often with a ferocity unmatched by their fellow adolescents, Caspi and Moffitt assert.
28-Oct 1: Conference: Early Childhood Australia; Brisbane, Australia; eca2005@ccm.