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



BrE BrE//ˌædəˈlesnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌædəˈlesnt//
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a young person who is developing from a child into an adult adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 and the problems they face Stop acting like an adolescent! Wordfinderadolescent, age, elderly, generation, infant, juvenile, middle-aged, minor, teenage, young Wordfinderadolescent, immature, mixed up, naive, puberty, rebellious, sulky, tearaway, teenager, young See related entries: Youth Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun): via French from Latin adolescent- ‘coming to maturity’, from adolescere, from ad- ‘to’ + alescere ‘grow, grow up’, from alere ‘nourish’. The adjective dates from the late 18th cent.

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