latchkey child


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

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noun, pl ⋯ children [count]
: a young child who is alone at home after school because the child's parents are working — called also latchkey kid

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ˈlatchkey child [latchkey child] (also ˈlatchkey kid) noun (usually disapproving)
a child who is at home alone after school because both parents are at work

Useful english dictionary. 2012.