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Pronunciation:  `ad'lesunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
  2. [adj]  in the state of development between puberty and maturity; "adolescent boys and girls"
  3. [adj]  displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; "adolescent insecurity"; "jejune responses to our problems"; "their behavior was juvenile"; "puerile jokes"
  4. [adj]  being of the age 13 through 19; "teenage mothers"; "the teen years"
  5. [adj]  relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent; "adolescent problems"

ADOLESCENT is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: immature, jejune, juvenile, puerile, stripling, teen, teenage, teenaged, teenager, young
 See Also: juvenile, juvenile person, mod, pachuco, punk, punk rocker, rocker, young buck, young man



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ad`o*les"cent\ ([a^]d`[-o]*l[e^]s"sent), a. [L.
    adolescens, p. pr. of adolescere to grow up to; ad + the
    inchoative olescere to grow: cf. F. adolescent. See {Adult}.]
    Growing; advancing from childhood to maturity.
          Schools, unless discipline were doubly strong, Detain
          their adolescent charge too long.        --Cowper.
  2. \Ad`o*les"cent\, n.
    A youth.
Thesaurus Terms
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