child ( children plural )
1 n-count A child is a human being who is not yet an adult.
When I was a child I lived in a country village..., He's just a child., ...a child of six..., It was only suitable for children.
2 n-count Someone's children are their sons and daughters of any age. How are the children?..., The young couple decided to have a child.
In Britain, child benefit is an amount of money paid weekly by the state to families for each of their children. n-uncount
child prodigy ( child prodigies plural ) A child prodigy is a child with a very great talent. n-count
She was a child prodigy, giving concerts before she was a teenager.
Some psychologists refer to a person's childish feelings as his or her inner child. n-sing oft poss N
For me, recovery has been all about finding my inner child and accepting her.
love child ( love children plural ) , love-child If journalists refer to someone as a love child, they mean that the person was born as a result of a love affair between two people who have never been married to each other. n-count
Eric has a secret love child.
poster child ( poster children plural ) , poster boy, poster girl
1 n-count If someone is a poster childfor a particular cause, characteristic, or activity, they are seen as a very good or typical example of it.
(mainly AM) oft N for n
Zidane has become the poster child for a whole generation of French-born youths of North African extraction...
2 n-count A poster child is a young man or woman who appears on an advertising poster.
She went out with a Calvin Klein poster boy...
street child ( street children plural ) Street children are homeless children who live outdoors in a city and live by begging or stealing. n-count usu pl
Journalists sometimes use wild child to refer to a teenage girl who enjoys herself in an uncontrolled way, for example by going to a lot of parties.