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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Works, particularly written or artistic works, produced in an author's or artist's youth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Works produced during an artist's or author's youth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Things done (especially written) in youth; juvenile writings or works of art.

Etymologies

Latin iuvenīlia, from neuter pl. of iuvenīlis, juvenile; see juvenile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin iuvenilia, neuter plural of iuvenilis “of or pertaining to youth.” (Wiktionary)

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  • "Now John McCain is pea-green with envy. That’s the only explanation for why a man who prides himself on honor, a man who vowed not to take the low road in the campaign, having been mugged by W. and Rove in South Carolina in 2000, is engaging in a festival of juvenilia."

    The New York Times, McCain’s Green-Eyed Monster, by Maureen Dowd, August 5, 2008

    August 6, 2008