the state or period of being a child.
the early stage in the existence of something: the childhood of the human race.

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

prechildhood, noun

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

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cildhad; from child + -hood.
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Medical Dictionary

childhood child·hood (chīld'hud')
The period of life between infancy and puberty.

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Example sentences for childhood
Both girls continued to answer to their childhood nicknames well into adulthood.
Onset in childhood is much rarer, as is onset in middle or old age.
She is also revealed to be romantic interest, in a cute childhood love sort of
She had no choice in these matters, often decided in her childhood.
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