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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
love child
▪ She would have made the secret love child of Leon Trotsky and Margaret Thatcher look like an uncommitted, apolitical layabout.
▪ Unlike the synonym, MAMzer, BENKert connotes love child, not one merely born out of wedlock.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Love child

Love \Love\ (l[u^]v), n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]

  1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; pre["e]minent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.

    Of all the dearest bonds we prove Thou countest sons' and mothers' love Most sacred, most Thine own.

  2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex.

    He on his side Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love Hung over her enamored.

  3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.

    Demetrius . . . Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena, And won her soul.

  4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate; often with of and an object.

    Love, and health to all.

    Smit with the love of sacred song.

    The love of science faintly warmed his breast.

  5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.

    Keep yourselves in the love of God.
    --Jude 21.

  6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest love was reading. ``Trust me, love.''

    Open the temple gates unto my love.

  7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.

    Such was his form as painters, when they show Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow.

    Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.

  8. A thin silk stuff. [Obs.]

  9. (Bot.) A climbing species of C lematis ( Clematis Vitalba).

  10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in counting score at tennis, etc.

    He won the match by three sets to love.
    --The Field.

  11. Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism. Note: Love is often used in the formation of compounds, in most of which the meaning is very obvious; as, love-cracked, love-darting, love-killing, love-linked, love-taught, etc. A labor of love, a labor undertaken on account of regard for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself, without expectation of reward. Free love, the doctrine or practice of consorting with one of the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage. See Free love. Free lover, one who avows or practices free love. In love, in the act of loving; -- said esp. of the love of the sexes; as, to be in love; to fall in love. Love apple (Bot.), the tomato. Love bird (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small, short-tailed parrots, or parrakeets, of the genus Agapornis, and allied genera. They are mostly from Africa. Some species are often kept as cage birds, and are celebrated for the affection which they show for their mates. Love broker, a person who for pay acts as agent between lovers, or as a go-between in a sexual intrigue. --Shak. Love charm, a charm for exciting love. --Ld. Lytton. Love child. an illegitimate child. --Jane Austen. Love day, a day formerly appointed for an amicable adjustment of differences. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman. --Chaucer. Love drink, a love potion; a philter. --Chaucer. Love favor, something given to be worn in token of love. Love feast, a religious festival, held quarterly by some religious denominations, as the Moravians and Methodists, in imitation of the agap[ae] of the early Christians. Love feat, the gallant act of a lover. --Shak. Love game, a game, as in tennis, in which the vanquished person or party does not score a point. Love grass. [G. liebesgras.] (Bot.) Any grass of the genus Eragrostis. Love-in-a-mist. (Bot.)

    1. An herb of the Buttercup family ( Nigella Damascena) having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut bracts.

    2. The West Indian Passiflora f[oe]tida, which has similar bracts.

      Love-in-idleness (Bot.), a kind of violet; the small pansy.

      A little western flower, Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound; And maidens call it love-in-idleness.

      Love juice, juice of a plant supposed to produce love.

      Love knot, a knot or bow, as of ribbon; -- so called from being used as a token of love, or as a pledge of mutual affection.

      Love lass, a sweetheart.

      Love letter, a letter of courtship.

      Love-lies-bleeding (Bot.), a species of amaranth ( Amarantus melancholicus).

      Love match, a marriage brought about by love alone.

      Love potion, a compounded draught intended to excite love, or venereal desire.

      Love rites, sexual intercourse.

      Love scene, an exhibition of love, as between lovers on the stage.

      Love suit, courtship.

      Of all loves, for the sake of all love; by all means. [Obs.] ``Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come back again.''

      The god of love, or The Love god, Cupid.

      To make love, to engage in sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.

      To make love to, to express affection for; to woo. ``If you will marry, make your loves to me.''

      To play for love, to play a game, as at cards, without stakes. ``A game at piquet for love.''

      Syn: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness; delight.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
love child

"child born out of wedlock," 1805, from love (n.) + child. Earlier was love brat (17c.).

love child

alt. (context euphemistic English) A child born as a result of a romantic liaison between parents not married to one another; an illegitimate child. n. (context euphemistic English) A child born as a result of a romantic liaison between parents not married to one another; an illegitimate child.

love child

n. the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents [syn: bastard, by-blow, illegitimate child, illegitimate, whoreson]

Love child

"Love child" is a euphemism for a child born out of wedlock. See Legitimacy (law).

Love child may also refer to:

In music:
  • Lovechild (band), an indie rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Love Child (The Supremes album), a 1968 album by Diana Ross & the Supremes
    • "Love Child" (song), a number one hit from this album
  • Love Child (Sweet Sensation album)
  • Lovechild, a 1990 album by Curved Air
  • Love Child (Ella Riot EP)
  • "Love Child", a song by Deep Purple from their 1975 album, Come Taste the Band
  • "Love Child", a song by Accept from their 1984 album, Balls to the Wall
  • "Lovechild", a song by Talisman from their 1993 album, Genesis
  • "Love Child", a 1989 single by Canadian pop duo One to One (band)
  • "Love Child", a song by British jazz-pop duo Swing Out Sister from their 1992 album, Get in Touch with Yourself
  • Love Child (TV series), an Australian television series set in the 1960s that first went to air 17 February 2014
  • Love Child (novel), a 1986 novel by Andrew Neiderman
  • Love Child (1982 film), a 1982 film, based on a true story, starring Beau Bridges and Amy Madigan
  • Love Child (2011 film), a 2011 Dominican Republic film
  • Love Child (2014 film), a 2014 South Korean-American documentary film
  • Love Child, a 2011 novel by A. M. Torres
Love Child (song)

"Love Child" is a 1968 song released by the Motown label for Diana Ross & the Supremes. The second single and title track from their album Love Child, it became the Supremes' 11th number-one single in the United States.

The song became the number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart for two weeks, from November 30, 1968 through December 14, 1968 and reached number two on the soul chart for three weeks. "Love Child" is notable for its then-controversial subject matter of illegitimacy. It is also notable for knocking the Beatles' " Hey Jude" off the top spot in the United States. The Supremes debuted the song on the season premiere of the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, September 29, 1968. Billboard Magazine ranked "Love Child" as The Supremes' biggest #1 song.

Love Child (The Supremes album)

Love Child is the fifteenth studio album released by Diana Ross & the Supremes for the Motown label in 1968. The LP was the group's first studio LP (excepting covers and tribute albums) not to include any songs written or produced by any member of the Holland–Dozier–Holland production team, who had previously overseen most of the Supremes' releases. According to Motown data this album, was part of a strong 4th quarter release schedule.

Love Child (Sweet Sensation album)

Love Child is the second album released by the New York-based Latin freestyle trio Sweet Sensation. Released in April 1990, it is the follow-up to the group's platinum-selling 1988 debut album, Take It While It's Hot. Like its predecessor, Love Child had an up-tempo feel, but also included lavish R&B-styled ballads.

The album's title song is a cover version of a #1 R&B/#1 Pop smash by the Supremes. Sweet Sensation's version went to #15 on Billboard's dance chart and #13 on Billboard's pop chart. However, it was the album's second single that gave the group its biggest hit ever, " If Wishes Came True," a power ballad featuring vocals by Betty Lebron. The song spent one week at #1 on Billboard's pop chart in September 1990, while going top-ten on Billboard's R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. The album also spawned two more hit singles: "Each and Every Time" (#51) and "One Good Man" (#72). The album itself peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA during the spring of 1991.

Love Child (1982 film)

Love Child is a 1982 biopic based on the life of Terry Jean Moore. The film stars Amy Madigan, Beau Bridges, and Mackenzie Phillips.

Love Child (Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie song)

"Love Child" is a 1990 single by Scottish alternative rock group Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. It was their debut single release for EMI's Parlophone record label. "Love Child" was taken from the band's second studio album Hammer and Tongs which was released the following year.

In 1991, after Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie had signed to Gary Kurfirst's Radioactive Records, "Love Child" was featured on their debut international album release, the self-titled Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie.

Love Child (2011 film)

Love Child is a 2011 Dominican Republic drama film written and directed by Leticia Tonos. The film was selected as the Dominican Republic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.

Love Child (TV series)

Love Child is an Australian television drama series that follows the lives of staff and residents of the fictional Kings Cross Hospital and Stanton House in Sydney, starting in 1969 and continuing into the 1970s.

The series was created by Sarah Lambert and was first broadcast on the Nine Network on 17 February 2014. The series is based on the real life forced adoption in Australia for which former Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered a national apology to those affected in 2013. Love Child was renewed for a second season on 2 March 2014. The series was renewed for a third season on 23 February 2015.

Love Child (Ella Riot EP)

__NOTOC__ Love Child is the second studio release by Ann Arbor, Michigan-based band Ella Riot, formerly My Dear Disco. Being a studio recording and final release, Love Child is the band's second definitive work. It was engineered and recorded at Mission Sound studio. The band released a music video of the album's fourth track "It Could Be". The song's theme is "liberation" and according to band founder Tyler Duncan the video's concept is: "an unlikely person having the ideal response to our music." An album review by Mark Deming of AllMusic characterized the music as pop, influenced by funk, techno and house, and called the band's approach original. The last track "Clubbin" has bagpipes as the lead instrument, with Deming calling the fusion of bagpipes and guitars "a welcome bit of inspired lunacy".

Love Child (season 1)

The first season of the Australian drama television series Love Child, began airing on 17 February 2014 on the Nine Network. The season concluded on 7 April 2014. The season consisted of 8 episodes and aired on Mondays at 8:40pm.

Love Child (2014 film)

Love Child is a 2014 South Korean-American documentary film directed by Valerie Veatch. Veatch produced the film with David Foox. The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014.

The film was theatrically released by HBO on June 18, 2014.

Love Child (season 2)

The second season of the Australian drama television series Love Child, began airing on 5 May 2015 on the Nine Network. The season concluded on 23 June 2015. It consisted of 8 episodes and aired on Tuesdays at 8:40pm.

Love Child (season 3)

The third season of the Australian drama television series Love Child, began airing on 20 June 2016 and concluded on 1 August 2016 on the Nine Network. The season consisted of eight episodes airing on Monday evenings at 8:30 pm.

Usage examples of "love child".

Maybe Hack's got a love child somewhere, and it'll come out and he'll have to withdraw anyway.