Peter Pan

Pe·​ter Pan | \ ˈpē-tər-ˈpan How to pronounce Peter Pan (audio) \

Definition of Peter Pan

1 : a boy in Sir James Barrie's play Peter Pan who lives without growing older in a never-never land
2 : an adult who does not want to grow up : one who hangs on to adolescent interests and attitudes

First Known Use of Peter Pan

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peter Pan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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