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child (fig. uses of the ordinary senses are common)
1. female infant Wint. III. iii. 71 “A boy or a child, I wonder” ; so “my child” is always used by S. of a daughter Tp. V. i. 198, Ado IV. i. 77, Lr. IV. vii. 70.
2. youth of noble birth; used in ballads as a kind of title Lr. III. IV. 185 “Child Rowland to the dark tower came.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 4.7
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