from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The time or state of being a child.
- n. The early stage in the existence or development of something: the childhood of Western civilization.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being a child.
- n. The time during which one is a child, from between infancy and puberty.
- n. The early stages of development of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty.
- n. Children, taken collectively.
- n. The commencement; the first period.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being a child, or the time during which a person is termed a child; the time from birth to puberty; in a more restricted sense, the state or time from infancy to boyhood or girlhood; the period during which constant maternal care continues to be needed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the time of person's life when they are a child
- n. the state of a child between infancy and adolescence
From Middle English childhod, from Old English ċildhād ("childhood"), from ċild ("child") + -hād ("-hood"), equivalent to child + -hood. (Wiktionary)