Childhood
(1) The time for a boy or girl from birth until he or she is an adult. (2) The more circumscribed period of time from infancy to the onset of puberty. During childhood, the potential of a unique human person must be nurtured by parents or parent figures.
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The period of life between infancy and puberty.

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child·hood 'chīld-.hu̇d n the state or period of being a child

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child·hood (chīldґhood) the period of life of the human young generally considered to extend from infancy to puberty.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Childhood — Child hood (ch[imac]ld h[oo^]d), n. [AS. cildh[=a]d; cild child + h[=a]d. See {Child}, and { hood}.] 1. The state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty. [1913 Webster] I have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • childhood — index minority (infancy), nonage Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • childhood — O.E. cildhad; from CHILD (Cf. child) + HOOD (Cf. hood) …   Etymology dictionary

  • childhood — [n] period of being young adolescence, babyhood, cradle, immaturity, infancy, juniority, juvenility, minority, nonage, nursery, puberty, pupilage, schooldays, teens, tender age, youth; concepts 816,817 Ant. adulthood …   New thesaurus

  • childhood — ► NOUN ▪ the state or period of being a child …   English terms dictionary

  • childhood — [chīld′hood΄] n. [ME childhod < OE cildhad: see CHILD & HOOD] 1. the state or time of being a child; esp., the period from infancy to puberty 2. an early stage of development …   English World dictionary

  • Childhood — This article is about the phase of human development known as childhood. For the Michael Jackson song, see Childhood (song). For the episode of Robin Hood, see Childhood (Robin Hood episode). Childhood is the age span ranging from birth to… …   Wikipedia

  • Childhood — Scream/Childhood Demande de traduction Scream/Childhood → …   Wikipédia en Français

  • childhood — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ carefree, good, happy ▪ deprived, difficult, lonely, rough, traumatic, troubled, unhappy …   Collocations dictionary

  • childhood — child|hood W3 [ˈtʃaıldhud] n [U and C] the period of time when you are a child ▪ I had a very happy childhood. in/during/since (sb s) childhood ▪ Most infections occur in childhood. ▪ She had been writing poems since her childhood. childhood… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • childhood — The term ‘child’ can be used to mean either an offspring or someone who has not reached full economic and jural status as an adult in a society. Individuals in the latter state are passing through an age related period known as childhood.… …   Dictionary of sociology

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