latchkey kid
noun see latchkey child

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Latchkey kid — or latchkey child refers to a child who returns from school to an empty home because his or her parents are away at work, or a child who is often left at home with little or no parental supervision.HistoryThe term refers to the latchkey of a door …   Wikipedia

  • latchkey kid — UK / US or latchkey child UK / US noun [countable] Word forms latchkey kid : singular latchkey kid plural latchkey kids Word forms latchkey child : singular latchkey child plural latchkey children a child whose parents work and who returns from… …   English dictionary

  • latchkey kid — latchkey ,kid or latchkey ,child noun count a child whose parents work and who returns from school to an empty house …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • latchkey kid — noun see latchkey child * * * latchkey kid noun [countable] [singular latchkey kid plural latchkey kids] [singular …   Useful english dictionary

  • latchkey kid — noun A schoolchild who carries their keys to the house because there is usually no parent home when school finishes. Syn: latchkey child …   Wiktionary

  • (a) latchkey kid — mainly American a child who is often in the house alone because both parents are at work. My dad came home at seven in the evening and my mom only an hour earlier so I was a latchkey kid …   New idioms dictionary

  • latchkey child — latchkey kid UK / US or latchkey child UK / US noun [countable] Word forms latchkey kid : singular latchkey kid plural latchkey kids Word forms latchkey child : singular latchkey child plural latchkey children a child whose parents work and who… …   English dictionary

  • latchkey child — noun a school age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work) • Hypernyms: ↑schoolchild, ↑school age child, ↑pupil * * * noun, pl ⋯ children [count] : a young… …   Useful english dictionary

  • latchkey child — noun Date: 1944 a school aged child of working parents who must spend part of the day unsupervised (as at home) called also latchkey kid …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • latchkey — latch|key [ˈlætʃki:] n 1.) a key that opens a lock on an outside door of a house or apartment 2.) latchkey kid old fashioned a child whose parents both work and who spends time alone in the house after school …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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