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Definition of Child

(noun) The biological or adoptive offspring of an individual; young person.

Child Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: child

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /chIE-uhld/
  • British English – /chIEld/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /tʃaɪld/
  • British English – /tʃʌɪld/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: children
  • Informally called: kid

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Parsons, Talcott. 1943. “The Kinship System of the Contemporary United States.” American Anthropologist 45(1):22–38. doi:10.1525/aa.1943.45.1.02a00030.

Strong, Bryan, Christine DeVault, and Theodore F. Cohen. 2011. The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society. 11th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning.

Cite the Definition of Child

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “child.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 1, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/child/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

child. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/child/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “child.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 1, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/child/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“child.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 1 Feb. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/child/>.