Definition of puberty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpjuːbəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːbərti//
[uncountable] Youth
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the period of a person’s life during which their sexual organs develop and they become capable of having children to reach puberty Wordfinderadolescent, immature, mixed up, naive, puberty, rebellious, sulky, tearaway, teenager, young CollocationsThe ages of lifeChildhood/​youth be born and raised/​bred in Oxford; into a wealthy/​middle-class family have a happy/​an unhappy/​a tough childhood grow up in a musical family/​in an orphanage/​on a farm be/​grow up an only child (= with no brothers or sisters) reach/​hit/​enter/​go through adolescence/​puberty be in your teens/​early twenties/​mid-twenties/​late twenties undergo/​experience physical/​psychological changes give in to/​succumb to/​resist peer pressure assert your independence/​individualityAdulthood leave school/​university/​home go out to work (at sixteen) get/​find a job/​partner be/​get engaged/​married have/​get a wife/​husband/​mortgage/​steady job settle down and have kids/​children/​a family begin/​start/​launch/​build a career (in politics/​science/​the music industry) prove (to be)/represent/​mark/​reach a turning point in your life/​career reach/​be well into/​settle into middle age have/​suffer/​go through a midlife crisis take/​consider early retirement approach/​announce/​enjoy your retirementOld age have/​see/​spend time with your grandchildren take up/​pursue/​develop a hobby get/​receive/​draw/​collect/​live on a pension approach/​save for/​die from old age live to a ripe old age reach the grand old age of 102/23 (often ironic) be/​become/​be getting/​be going senile (often ironic) die (peacefully)/pass away in your sleep/​after a brief illness see also adolescence See related entries: Youth Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin pubertas, from puber ‘adult’, related to pubes ‘pubic hair, groin, genitals’.Extra examples Girls start menstruating at puberty. He reached puberty at the age of fourteen. I was going through puberty. She hit puberty a year before any of her friends. The body undergoes many changes during puberty.
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