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See also: womanchild and woman-child



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woman child (plural woman children or women children)

  1. (archaic) A young female human; a girl.
    • 1809, William Nicholson, The British Encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, C. Whittingham (1809), unnumbered page:
      The first state that gave the father a power of appointing, was the 4 and 5 Philip and Mary, c. 8, which provides, under severe penalties, such as the fine and imprisonment for years, against taking any maid, or woman child unmarried, being within the age of sixteen years, out of or from the possession, custody, or governance, and against the will of the father of such maid, or woman child, […]