only child

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only child (plural only children)

  1. A person who has no siblings.
  2. A person raised as the sole child in a household.
    An only child is often stereotyped as spoiled.
    • 1949, Frank B Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen, dedication:
      To DAD
      who only reared twelve children
      and
      To MOTHER
      who reared twelve only children

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