legal age


: the age at which a person enters into full adult legal rights and responsibilities (as of making contracts or wills)

Examples of legal age in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All sportsbook websites that would operate in North Carolina would require participants to be of legal age. Brian Murphy, Charlotte Observer, 29 Feb. 2024 Boating education is mandatory for anyone of legal age to operate a motorboat or sailboat who was born after 1985. The Sentinel-Record,, 8 Feb. 2024 But on Tuesday the court ruled that the period between Aug. 9, 2008, and March 19, 2009, when Martinelli was of legal age and the victim was a minor, fell within the statute of limitations. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 The final goal would be achieved by raising the legal age for buying tobacco products every year starting in 2027. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The legal age of consent in the Dominican Republic is 18. Kristie Ackert, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Jan. 2024 The legal age for gambling in the United States is 18 or 21, depending on the state. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 5 Dec. 2023 House Bill 2006 would increase from 18 to 21 the legal age to purchase or possess a firearm. Ben Botkin, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2023 Lawmakers raised the legal age for buying any rifle from 18 to 21 and made the sale subject to the same three-day waiting period as handguns already were. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of legal age was in 1658

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Cite this Entry

“Legal age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

legal age

le·​gal age ˈlē-gəl- How to pronounce legal age (audio)
: the age at which a person enters into full adult legal rights and responsibilities (as of making contracts or wills)

Legal Definition

legal age

: an age at which a person becomes entitled under the law to engage in a particular activity or becomes responsible for particular acts
the legal age for drinking in this state
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