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From Middle English child, from Old English ?ild (“fetus; female baby; child”), from Proto-Germanic *kelţaz (“womb; fetus”), from Proto-Indo-European *g(')elt- (“womb”). Cognate with Danish kuld (“brood, litter”), Swedish kull (“brood, litter”), Icelandic kelta, kjalta (“lap”), Gothic ?????? (kilţei, “womb”), Sanskrit ???? (jarta), ????? (jártu, “vulva”).
- A person who has not yet reached adulthood, whether natural (puberty), cultural (initiation), or legal (majority)
- (obsolete, specifically) a female child, a girl.
- (with possessive) One's direct descendant by birth, regardless of age; a son or daughter.
- (cartomancy) The thirteenth Lenormand card.
- (figuratively) A figurative offspring, particularly:
- Alternative form of childe (“youth of noble birth”)
From Middle English childen, from the noun child.