love child

   an illegitimate child
   The use should not suggest that children born within wedlock are unloved:
    . . . little to dispute save the paternity of 'love children'. (Bartram, 1897)
   In the days when illegitimacy mattered, also as love-bairn, love bird, love begotten, lover child, etc.

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  • love child — child born out of wedlock, 1805, from LOVE (Cf. love) (n.) + CHILD (Cf. child). Earlier was love brat (17c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • love child — love children also love child N COUNT If journalists refer to someone as a love child, they mean that the person was born as a result of a love affair between two people who have never been married to each other. Eric has a secret love child …   English dictionary

  • love child — love ,child noun count MAINLY JOURNALISM a child who is born as the result of a relationship between two people who do not marry each other: ILLEGITIMATE CHILD …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • love child — n a child whose parents are not married used especially in newspapers …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • love child — love′ child n. cvb a child born out of wedlock • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • love child — ► NOUN ▪ a child born to parents who are not married to each other …   English terms dictionary

  • love child — n. an illegitimate child …   English World dictionary

  • love child — noun the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents • Syn: ↑bastard, ↑by blow, ↑illegitimate child, ↑illegitimate, ↑whoreson • Derivationally related forms: ↑bastardly (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • love child — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms love child : singular love child plural love children mainly journalism a child who is born as the result of a relationship between two people who do not marry each other …   English dictionary

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