Definition of child labor in US English:

child labor

noun

  • The use of children in industry or business, especially when illegal or considered inhumane.

    • ‘Now, the government says it will pass laws to tightly regulate the industry and stop the use of child labor.’
    • ‘These children, especially those in export industries, represent the most familiar face of child labour to Western eyes.’
    • ‘Although child labour is illegal in India, the laws are not enforced.’
    • ‘How does child labor, however constrained by poverty, relate to global consumerism?’
    • ‘One contention we have heard is that the new minimums will practically abolish child labor in industry.’
    • ‘Far from a product of the Industrial Revolution, child labor has existed since the beginning of time.’
    • ‘Even in its most inhumane form, child labour, he argues, is not the problem.’
    • ‘Instead of sweatshops and child labor there would be unions and literacy programs.’
    • ‘Calling it a unique experiment, she hopes this interface would generate awareness about child labour in the city.’
    • ‘I suppose even up until the mid 19th century poor children went to work, and child labour exists to this day.’
    • ‘She stressed the need for companies to act beyond their factory compounds and ensure that child labour was eradicated.’
    • ‘It can also provide names of companies which produce goods made by child labour.’
    • ‘A conclusion will sum up lessons about international business and child labor.’
    • ‘I wonder whether they pay attention or care at all that the fashion industry does really depend on child labour.’
    • ‘In many parts of the country and among many communities child marriage therefore remains as much a routine as child labour.’
    • ‘In principle, abolition of child labour is very ideal and essential and demands our immediate attention.’
    • ‘Although he thought that industrial child labor imperiled children's health, he did not favor its abolition at the time.’
    • ‘The social profile of working children and the consequences of child labour will be monitored and analysed.’
    • ‘Many other industries in India keep costs low through the use of child labor and bonded labor.’
    • ‘Cinema theatres will continue to screen slides against the illegal practice of child labour.’

Pronunciation

child labor

/CHīld ˈlābər/