Definition of age-grade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


transitive verb

Definition of age-grade (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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First Known Use of age-grade


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Transitive verb

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Age-grade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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