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adolescent

1adolescent

noun ad·o·les·cent \-sənt\

: a young person who is developing into an adult : a young person who is going through adolescence

Full Definition of ADOLESCENT

:  one that is in the state of adolescence

Examples of ADOLESCENT

  1. Their children are now adolescents.

Origin of ADOLESCENT

French, from Latin adolescent-, adolescens, present participle of adolescere to grow up — more at adult
First Known Use: 15th century

2adolescent

adjective

Definition of ADOLESCENT

1
:  of, relating to, or being in adolescence
2
:  emotionally or intellectually immature
ad·o·les·cent·ly adverb

Examples of ADOLESCENT

  1. <an adolescent sheepdog, who hasn't quite gotten the hang of keeping the sheep huddled together>
  2. <would hope that the college students had outgrown such adolescent behavior>

First Known Use of ADOLESCENT

1785

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