legal age


Definition of 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 Identification with proof of legal age is still required. al, "Suspending the rules: coronavirus prompted state to cut back on regulations," 5 July 2020 Vatertag is a national holiday, and in most areas of the country the following Friday is as well, so many celebrate with a 4-day weekend filled with outdoor Father's Day activities and, for those of legal age, a few beers. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "How Father’s Day Is Celebrated in 15 Countries Around the World," 1 June 2020 Owners of tobacco and vape shops say they shouldn't be punished for selling flavored products to adults who are able to show proof of legal age to buy the e-liquids. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "House set to vote to ban flavored e-cigarettes," 27 Feb. 2020 The legal age to purchase nicotine products in Milton, MA is 21 years old and above. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Juul bought ads on,, other kid sites, suit says," 13 Feb. 2020 Tony Abboud, executive director of VTA, argues that raising the legal age for purchasing vaping products would work better to curb youth use than banning flavors. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The D.C. Lawmaker Going Toe to Toe With Big Vape Never Planned to Be in This Fight," 10 Dec. 2019 Leaders from both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly voiced support for raising the legal age for tobacco use – including smoking and vaping – to 21 during the Indiana Chamber’s annual legislative priorities event. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Statehouse leaders support raising smoking age to 21," 18 Nov. 2019 The Food and Drug Administration officially raised the legal age to buy tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and vaping cartridges from 18 to 21 in December. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Dozens of states investigating Juul marketing strategy for vaping products," 25 Feb. 2020 Twenty states have already raised the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Federal Legal Age to Buy Tobacco Products Officially Raised to 21," 21 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'legal age.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of legal age

1658, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about legal age

Time Traveler for legal age

Time Traveler

The first known use of legal age was in 1658

See more words from the same year

Statistics for legal age

Last Updated

12 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Legal age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for legal age

legal age

le·​gal age | \ ˈlē-gəl- How to pronounce legal age (audio) \

Medical Definition of legal age

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

legal age


Legal Definition of 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 broadly : age of majority — compare age of consent, emancipate

More from Merriam-Webster on legal age

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with legal age

Comments on legal age

What made you want to look up legal age? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!