Means child, son; noun suffix
Memory hook Somewhat resembles the outline of a swaddled baby with her arms out.
Most nouns in Chinese are combinations of 2, 3 or 4 characters. The character 子 is used as a suffix on single-character nouns to help the reader/listener know that the noun isn't forming a compound with the characters that follow it in the sentence.
|女子||female (noun suffix)||woman, female|
|子女||son female||children (sons and daughters)|