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childhood

[chahyld-hoo d] /ˈtʃaɪld hʊd/
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
950
before 950; Middle English childhode, Old English cildhād. See child, -hood
Related forms
prechildhood, noun
Synonyms
1. youth, boyhood, girlhood, school days.
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British Dictionary definitions for prechildhood

childhood

/ˈtʃaɪldhʊd/
noun
1.
the condition of being a child; the period of life before puberty
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Word Origin and History for prechildhood

childhood

n.

"period of life from birth to puberty," Old English cildhad; see child + -hood.

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prechildhood in Medicine

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

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