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noun non·age \ˈnä-nij, ˈnō-\

Definition of nonage

  1. 1 :  minority 1

  2. 2 a :  a period of youth b :  lack of maturity



Examples of nonage in a sentence

  1. <the short stories of the novelist's nonage have only recently been discovered by scholars>

  2. <the indiscretions of his long-ago nonage have come back to haunt him now that he's a serious presidential contender>



Did You Know?

Minority, majority; infancy, adulthood; nonage, full age - here you have the three contrasting pairs that constitute the vocabulary of legal age. Minority, infancy, and nonage are synonyms that mean the state or time of being under legal age. Majority, adulthood, and full age mean the state or time of being of legal age. (All these words, particularly infancy and adulthood, have other meanings as well, of course.) Nonage came to us by way of Middle English from an Anglo-French union of non- and age, which combine to mean not of age.

Origin and Etymology of nonage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from non- + age age


First Known Use: 15th century


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