Child hood

childhood

[chahyld-hood]
noun
1.
the state or period of being a child.
2.
the early stage in the existence of something: the childhood of the human race.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English childhode, Old English cildhād. See child, -hood

prechildhood, noun


1. youth, boyhood, girlhood, school days.
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childhood (ˈtʃaɪldhʊd)
 
n
the condition of being a child; the period of life before puberty

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childhood
O.E. cildhad; from child + -hood.
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childhood child·hood (chīld'hud')
n.
The period of life between infancy and puberty.

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