age-grade

1 of 2

noun

1
: a group of persons of the same sex and approximately the same age having certain definite duties and privileges in common and constituting a division of a tribe or society
2
: a stage (as boyhood, adolescence, or manhood) through which an age-grade passes

age-grade

2 of 2

transitive verb

: to grade by age or organize by age-grades
an age-graded tribe

Word History

Etymology

Transitive verb

1age-grade

First Known Use

Noun

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Transitive Verb

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of age-grade was in 1894

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“Age-grade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age-grade. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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