Definition of childhood in English:

childhood

noun

mass noun
  • The state or period of being a child.

    ‘he spent his childhood in Lewes’
    ‘the idealized world of childhood’
    as modifier ‘a childhood friend’
    • ‘I seemed to spend an inordinate amount of my childhood running away from people.’
    • ‘Of course she has not changed, she is the same despicable character she was in childhood.’
    • ‘His childhood and youth were spent helping his father in unsuccessful farming ventures.’
    • ‘I regard myself as very fortunate to have spent my childhood years in a very special place.’
    • ‘The wisdom contained in the honey from wild bees made it a complete food for this childhood era of mankind.’
    • ‘How many of our childhood friends will be married with families of their own?’
    • ‘The effects of childhood malnutrition are a legacy reflected in his sunken features.’
    • ‘You have to be ready to detail anything from childhood illnesses to the consistency of your stools.’
    • ‘As she grows up and matures, you will notice many of these childhood traits develop into adult ones.’
    • ‘Ah, those far off days when childhood still retained the innocence that has been so sadly lost today.’
    • ‘It is about the loss of childhood innocence and the bruises of adult experience.’
    • ‘She has said that there were periods in her childhood when learning proved difficult.’
    • ‘Unhealthy lifestyles and childhood obesity is a modern epidemic of the western world.’
    • ‘To my childhood imagination, however, that girl seemed to be going off to a fate worse than death.’
    • ‘Mortality in childhood is heavily influenced by deaths from motor vehicle accidents.’
    • ‘These findings come at a time of high official concern with childhood obesity.’
    • ‘He is completing a lengthy poem about his childhood experiences of the Holocaust.’
    • ‘Just as our concepts of childhood have changed, so have our concepts of childhood problems.’
    • ‘Are your most formative years those of your early childhood or your early teens?’
    • ‘Pushing the door in, she stood in wonder at the sight of her childhood friend.’
    youth, early years, early days, early life, infancy, babyhood, boyhood, girlhood, pre-teens, prepubescence, adolescence, teens, teenage years, young adulthood, immaturity
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Origin

Old English cildhād (see child, -hood).

Pronunciation

childhood

/ˈtʃʌɪldhʊd/