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[chahyld] /tʃaɪld/
noun, Archaic.
a youth of noble birth.
Origin of childe
spelling variant of child


[chahyld] /tʃaɪld/
Vere Gordon
[veer] /vɪər/ (Show IPA),
1892–1957, English anthropologist, archaeologist, and writer; born in Australia. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for childe
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  • Trenmor is the sort of exaggeration of childe Harold which a lively but rather vulgar mind might conceive.

  • The childe and his brother archers were, it need not be said, early on the ground.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Tell him to bring with him the squire childe Horn, for I am lying ill in my room, and would be amused.

  • And she said, "It may well be so," but she said it so low that the childe heard her not.

  • He did indeed prove himself to be a great stylist in more than one poem, such as childe Roland—which he wrote almost at a sitting.

    The Art of Letters Robert Lynd
  • She looked up the place in "childe Harold," but Byron had not been there.

  • For some time after the publication of childe Harold, the noble author appeared to more advantage than I ever afterwards saw him.

  • This was at the time when he wrote the second canto of "childe Harold."

  • Some say that their competitors in the race for childe's body were the monks of Buckland, not the folk of Tavistock.

    Dartmoor Arthur L. Salmon
  • Byron in childe Harold sings: "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods."

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for childe


(archaic) a young man of noble birth
Word Origin
C13: variant of child
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for childe

"youth of gentle birth," used as a kind of title, late Old English, variant spelling of child (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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