- noun a son or daughter
- Data which is dependent on other data, which is called parent (2).
- A component or process which is dependent on another, which is called parent (3).
- noun a young boy or girl. Child is the legal term for a person under 14 years of age.
Origin & History of “child”
For a word of so central importance, child is surprisingly isolated, having no known living relatives in other Germanic languages. Its prehistoric Germanic ancestor has been reconstructed as *kiltham, which some have linked with Gothic kilthei ‘womb’ and even with Sanskrit jathara ‘belly’. The plural children is not an original feature; it developed in the 12th century. In earliest Old English times the plural was unchanged, like sheep.