• WordNet 3.6
    • n childhood the state of a child between infancy and adolescence
    • n childhood the time of person's life when they are a child
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kermit the Frog was named after Kermit Scott, a childhood friend of creator Jim Henson, who became a professor of philosophy at Purdue University
    • Childhood Children, taken collectively. "The well-governed childhood of this realm."
    • Childhood The commencement; the first period. "The childhood of our joy."
    • Childhood The state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty. "I have walked before you from my childhood ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n childhood 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Childhood state of being a child: the time of one's being a child
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  • Pindar
    “A graceful and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality.”
  • Graham Greene
    “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
  • William Golding
    William Golding
    “Childhood is a disease -- a sickness that you grow out of.”
  • Alice Meynell
    Alice Meynell
    “Let a man turn to his own childhood -- no further -- if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.”
  • John Milton
    “The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cildhād,; cild, child + -hād,. See Child, and -hood
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cild, pl. cild, later cildru, -ra. The Ger. equivalent word is kind.


In literature:

In childhood and youth it is a matter of great moment.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
In such cases it is probable that the trait is not hereditary, but due to some influence in pre-natal life or childhood.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
I never read a fairy story in my childhood.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
Almost in a day she passed from childhood to budding womanhood.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Many adults that suffer from deafness maintain that they never had any trouble in childhood.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
Some children have a nasal discharge during all of their childhood.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Control is exerted externally upon the individual from early childhood.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Miss Helen Louise Gilson is a native of Boston, but removed in childhood to Chelsea, Massachusetts, where she now resides.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
She had never before been able to stand so completely apart from the surroundings of her childhood.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
From childhood she had nourished short hopes and straightened thoughts.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various

In poetry:

I can recall the day
When childhood died.
I had grown thin and tall
And eager-eyed.
"When Childhood Died" by John Freeman
The Gael cannot tell,
In the uprooted wildwood
And the red ridgy dell,
The old nurse of his childhood:
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
I love my mother, the wildwood,
I sleep upon her breast;
A day or two of childhood,
And then I sink to rest.
"Death Of The Flower" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Happier for their pity's sake
Make their sports and plays,
And from lips of childhood take
Thy perfected praise!
"Hymn Of The Children" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Even as the cold
Keen winter grows not old;
As childhood is so fresh, foreseen,
And spring in the familiar green;
"Unto Us A Son Is Given" by Alice Meynell
Oh the enemas of childhood,
reeking of outhouses and shame!
Yet you rock me in your arms
and whisper my nickname.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton

In news:

Tennis helped Ned Eames thrive during his childhood – now he uses it to help Boston kids improve their reading skills and stay in school.
The Ralph Mcllvaine Early Childhood Center, 11 E Walnut St, Magnolia will host a Passport to Kindergarten program on Wednesday, Aug 15.
Childhood Eczema – Signs, Symptoms & Treatment.
Exposure to household chemical in utero increases risk of childhood eczema .
Mind your P's and Q's: A resource to inform parents and teachers about the qualities of a strong early childhood educational program .
NYSUT Statewide Early Childhood Committee.
Bernanke says Childhood Eduction is `Key' to Growth.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S Bernanke said early childhood education is "crucial" and that effective schooling supports the economy by reducing poverty, boosting wages and increasing job satisfaction.
"Marvelous," said Sonia Sieff, when asked about her childhood with the late Jeanloup Sieff, her father and one of France's great fashion photographers.
Eleanor Roosevelt struggled to overcome an unhappy childhood, betrayal in her marriage, a controlling mother-in-law, and gripping depressions -- all the while staying true to her passion for social justice.
But give me a minute to swallow my childhood trauma, and I'll raise a grateful toast to the element that lights up intestines.
Truman Capote, a childhood friend, took this photo of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee.
Former Spokanite Kevin Sampsell pieced together his memoir the same way he pieced together his childhood porn collection.
Christina, a mother of two, shares her parenting experiences as Sheila, an Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator, weighs in as expert.
His mother, Beth Wade, tells of an incident in his childhood that she feels best represents her son.

In science:

The mortality not only of humans increases roughly exponentially with age (Gompertz law) if childhood diseases are overcome.
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing
Brian’s childhood was a relatively normal existence, except for his paralyzing fear of kindergarten at the age of 5 years.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Using this method, Voight and colleagues find strong evidence for recent selection among Europeans in the lactase gene LCT, which is important for metabolism of lactose beyond early childhood.
The transmission sense of information
Schuz J, Ahlbom A (2008) Exposure to electromagnetic fields and the risk of childhood leukemia: a review.
No alignment of cattle along geomagnetic field lines found
Growth of logical thinking from childhood to adolescence: an essay on the construction of formal operational structures.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort