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Meaning of children by Wiktionary Dictionary

children


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    Etymology

    From Middle English children, alteration of earlier childre ( “children” ), from Old English ċildru, ċildra ( “children” ), plural of ċild ( “child” ), equivalent to child +‎ -ren .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈʧɪl.dɹən/, X-SAMPA: /"tSIl.dr@n/
    • Hyphenation: child‧ren

    Noun

    children pl. ( irregular plural: of child )

    1. More than one son or daughter, or none. Offspring .
      Do you have children?
      Yes, I have three children .
      No, I have no children .
    2. More than one young person, or none .
      There are no children absent from classes today
    3. Members of a tribe .
      The children of Israel
    4. ( figuratively ) Things or abstractions derived from or caused by something .
      Poverty, disease, and despair are the children of war .
      • 1991, Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie ( title )

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    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: thee · hope · er · #318: children · English · sure · indeed



Definition of children by GCIDE Dictionary

children


  1. Children n.; pl. of Child.