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

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  • 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 — latch key child, n. A child who frequently spends part of the day at home without adult supervision, especially a school child who returns home before the parent(s) return from work. Called also {door key child}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — child who is alone at home after school because his parents both work …   English contemporary dictionary

  • latchkey child — a child who must spend at least part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work. Also called door key child. [1940 45; so called because such a child is provided with a key for getting into the home after school] * *… …   Universalium

  • latchkey child — latch′key child n. cvb a child who must spend part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work …   From formal English to slang

  • latchkey child — noun a child who is alone at home after school until a parent returns from work …   English new terms dictionary

  • latchkey child — /ˈlætʃki tʃaɪld/ (say lachkee chuyld) noun a child whose parents are absent from home before or after school hours and for whom inadequate childminding arrangements have been made …   Australian English dictionary

  • (a) latchkey child — 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 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

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