adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce adolescent (audio) \

Definition of adolescent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young person who is developing into an adult : one who is in the state of adolescence

adolescent

adjective

Definition of adolescent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being in adolescence adolescent growth adolescent boys and girls
2 : emotionally or intellectually immature did not appreciate her husband's adolescent high jinks

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Other Words from adolescent

Adjective

adolescently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for adolescent

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of adolescent in a Sentence

Noun Their children are now adolescents. Adjective an adolescent sheepdog, who hasn't quite gotten the hang of keeping the sheep huddled together would hope that the college students had outgrown such adolescent behavior
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All of this is normal behavior for an intemperate adolescent, an authoritarian ruler, or Trump. NBC news, "Dingell: Women will help Biden win Michigan," 4 Nov. 2020 On the return trip, the adult or adolescent followed the same course in reverse, this time without the child. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fossilized Footprints Found in New Mexico Track Traveler With Toddler in Tow," 14 Oct. 2020 The changes that come with puberty can be challenging for kids and adults, but Damour said supporting your adolescent doesn't have to be (too) awkward. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Puberty in a pandemic? It's not all bad news, experts say," 29 Sep. 2020 When Patrick Lee, of the South Loop, isn’t taking his 12-year-old son, Lucas, out fishing at a nearby pond or bike riding, the adolescent is usually hopping from screen to screen. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "‘I’m mom slash playmate’: Parents of only children are making it through the pandemic with creativity and endurance," 18 Aug. 2020 When Sarah Danes was an adolescent, her parents were Christian missionaries on the Navajo Reservation. New York Times, "Trump’s Fights Are Their Fights. They Have His Back Unapologetically.," 26 Aug. 2020 The illness — called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) — can generally appear two to four weeks after the onset of COVID-19 in a child or adolescent. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois among top seven states for rare childhood syndrome linked to COVID-19," 13 Aug. 2020 In other words, what an upset adolescent really needs from an adult in her life is sympathy and a cool head. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: The parents of her daughter’s friend cut her out. What can Mom do?," 9 Aug. 2020 Jock, nerd, gamer, or stoner: an adolescent’s most fervent wish is to find purpose and meaning — an identity — by way of a group. Adam Kuhlmann, Longreads, "Little League, Revisited," 15 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One theory for the shifting trends in alcohol and marijuana use is that adolescent substance use is now starting at later ages. Ty Schepis, The Conversation, "College-age kids are drinking less alcohol – but smoking more marijuana," 19 Nov. 2020 Kid Quick is part of the adolescent super team, since their aunt is Jesse Quick, Earth 11’s version of the Flash. NBC News, "A nonbinary version of the Flash is joining the Justice League," 19 Nov. 2020 Less than a month before his 73rd birthday, Bench decided to liquidate much of his memorabilia to fund the education of his two adolescent sons. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "$125k for Reds legend Johnny Bench's World Series ring? That's just the start in this auction," 14 Nov. 2020 These pictures reveal a city whose inhabitants engage in such near-universal adolescent pursuits as DJing, break dancing and pouting for the camera. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Contemplations on the memory of personal spaces," 13 Nov. 2020 Teenagers said the opportunity to confide in their teachers and school counselors has been essential, particularly because their parents might be more likely to dismiss mental health symptoms as standard adolescent mood swings. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, "Teens in Covid Isolation: ‘I Felt Like I Was Suffocating’," 12 Nov. 2020 Kristen Edwards nicely conveys the adolescent brash confidence that often masks insecurities, while Sydney Pigmon rings true as a pal in her thrall. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Girls on the cusp of womanhood intrigue in ‘The Wolves’ | Review," 12 Nov. 2020 Marvel fans who enjoy the franchise’s violence and cronyism are encouraged by this adolescent rabble-rousing to accept election irregularities and ballot-harvesting and further encouraged toward irrational anarchic retaliation. Armond White, National Review, "America Assembled Epitomizes Hollywood Political Junk," 11 Nov. 2020 Some of it will be adolescent and/or misguided, but still important to him. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: The parent who has to be the ‘bad cop’ is feeling blue," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of adolescent

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adolescent

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin adolēscent-, adolēscens "young man or woman, youth," noun derivative of adolēscens adolescent entry 2

Adjective

borrowed from French & Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin adolēscent-, adolēscens, adulēscens "young, youthful," present participle of adolēscere, adulēscere "to become mature, grow up" — more at adult entry 1

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The first known use of adolescent was in the 15th century

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12 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adolescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adolescent. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for adolescent

adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce adolescent (audio) \

Kids Definition of adolescent

: a person who is no longer a child but not yet an adult

adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce adolescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of adolescent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is in the state of adolescence

adolescent

adjective

Medical Definition of adolescent (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being in adolescence

Other Words from adolescent

adolescently adverb

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