love child

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love child (plural love children)

  1. (euphemistic) A child born as a result of a romantic liaison between parents not married to one another; an illegitimate child.
    • 1841, Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, ch. 36:
      Nobody ever came to see her, nobody spoke of her, nobody cared about her. Mr Brass had said once, that he believed she was a ‘love-child’ (which means anything but a child of love).

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