plural noun
ju·​ve·​nil·​ia | \ ˌjü-və-ˈni-lē-ə How to pronounce juvenilia (audio) \

Definition of juvenilia

1 : compositions produced in the artist's or author's youth
2 : artistic or literary compositions suited to or designed for the young

Examples of juvenilia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his juvenilia, much of which was originally circulated in underground journals, could do with some further snipping. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, "The Violent Insights of Bohumil Hrabal," 19 Nov. 2019 Speaking to the Times, Sacks regretted his collegiate anti-gay screeds, but didn’t seem too concerned about the juvenilia directed at women, nor the status of his female co-eds, the majority of whom dropped out of the business. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women," 28 Jan. 2015 When Ready Player One protagonist Wade warps into an elaborate virtual world, his intellectually empty but encyclopedic knowledge of nostalgic juvenilia isn't just cool—it's needed to save the day. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Small Screen / The Internet By villainizing nerdy fanboys, Black Mirror's Star Trek parody goes where no show has gone before," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of juvenilia

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for juvenilia

Latin, neuter plural of juvenilis

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“Juvenilia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenilia. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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