com·​ing-of-age ˈkə-miŋ-əv-ˈāj How to pronounce coming-of-age (audio)
: the attainment of prominence, respectability, recognition, or maturity

Examples of coming-of-age in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Key to Baig’s balance of coming-of-age energy and realism is a pivotal sequence. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 The author’s words celebrate not only coming-of-age but also agelessness. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Apr. 2024 Without the dark, threatening corners, this Oz comes across more like a playground than a coming-of-age purgatory (the last wicked witch standing, Betts’ Evillene, registers as mildly menacing and is defeated with a small splash). Naveen Kumar, Variety, 18 Apr. 2024 Waithe was joined on the panel by Jojo T. Gibbs, star of her coming-of-age BET series Twenties, D. Smith, producer and director of the Sundance Audience Award-winning film Kokomo City, and Independent Spirit Award Winning director A.V. Rockwell of A Thousand and One. Essence, 16 Apr. 2024 The Goonies has stood the test of time as a heartwarming coming-of-age film carried by colorful characters — especially the villainous Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey). Chris Snellgrove,, 16 Apr. 2024 Now, the company is at a coming-of-age moment, as Wiz goes from nascent upstart to acquiring institution. Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2024 Last summer Jolie recruited her daughter to be her volunteer assistant on the Broadway musical production of The Outsiders, which is based on S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age novel of the same name. Sam Reed, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2024 Joy Randolph and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in the coming-of-age period feature. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1729, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coming-of-age was in 1729

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“Coming-of-age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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