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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Childhood  \Child"hood\  (ch[imac]ld"h[oo^]d),  n.  [AS.  cildh[=a]d; 
  cild  child  +  -h[=a]d.  See  {Child},  and  {-hood}.] 
  1.  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.  --1. 
  Sam.  xii.  2. 
 
  2.  Children,  taken  collectively.  [R.] 
 
  The  well-governed  childhood  of  this  realm.  --Sir.  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  3.  The  commencement;  the  first  period. 
 
  The  childhood  of  our  joy.  --Shak. 
 
  {Second  childhood},  the  state  of  being  feeble  and  incapable 
  from  old  age. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  childhood 
  n  1:  the  time  of  person's  life  when  they  are  a  child 
  2:  the  state  of  a  child  between  infancy  and  adolescence  [syn:  {puerility}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CHILDHOOD,  n.  The  period  of  human  life  intermediate  between  the 
  idiocy  of  infancy  and  the  folly  of  youth  --  two  removes  from  the  sin 
  of  manhood  and  three  from  the  remorse  of  age. 
 
 




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