latchkey child


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latchkey child

n.
A usually school-age child who regularly spends part of the day unsupervised at home while the parents are at work.
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latchkey child

n
a child who has to let himself or herself in at home on returning from school, as his or her parents are out at work
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latch′key child`


n.
a child who must spend part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work.
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Noun1.latchkey child - a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
school-age child, schoolchild, pupil - a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
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latchkey child

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In HA[c]ctor Tobar's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Latchkey Child," time drips away for a boy whose mother is out trying to get lost in Los Angeles.
She is faced with the chatter of her latchkey child, about whom she has worried all the livelong day.
I was also a latchkey child before the term was coined.