child

child O.E. cild "child, infant," from P.Gmc. *kiltham (source of Gothic kilþei "womb," Dan. kuld "children of the same marriage"); no certain cognates outside Germanic. Also in O.E. meaning "a youth of gentle birth" (archaic, usually written childe). In 16c., especially "girl child." The difficulty with the plural began in O.E., where the nominative plural was at first cild, identical with the singular, then c.975 a plural form cildru (gen. cildra) arose, only to be re-pluraled late 12c. as children, which is thus a double plural. M.E. plural cildre survives in Lancashire dialect childer and in Childermas (c.1000, cildramæsse) "festival of the Holy Innocents" (Dec. 28). Child abuse is attested by 1963. Child care is from 1915.

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