American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The period during which one is legally underage.
- n. A period of immaturity: "The bravest achievements were always accomplished in the nonage of a nation” ( Thomas Paine).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The period of legal infancy, during which a person is, in the eyes of the law, unable to manage his own affairs; minority. See age, n., 3.
- n. The period of immaturity in general.
- n. A ninth part of movables, which in former times was paid to the English clergy on the death of persons in their parish, and claimed on pretense of being devoted to pious uses.
- n. obsolete, rare A payment formerly made from to the parish clergy upon the death of a parishioner.
- n. The state of being a minor.
- n. A time of immaturity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) The ninth part of movable goods, formerly payable to the clergy on the death of persons in their parishes.
- n. Time of life before a person becomes of age; legal immaturity; minority.
- n. any age prior to the legal age
- From Anglo-Norman nounage, corresponding to non- + age. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English nounage, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French nonaage : non-, non- + aage, age; see age. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If that happen in their nonage, which is probable, appoint commendatories to discharge the duty for them for a laudable allowance, but gathering the fruits for the support of your grandchildren, till they come to virility to be consecrated, '&c.”
“In a better possible world, houses of worship would never be welcome, but only tolerated as remnants of humanity's nonage.”
“Guilbert Ralston, one of the seven sons of a rich merchant prince who as youths terrorized the countryside (we are not told where it is) disappears "while still in his nonage.”
“You and I would, you know, become men and women, while we were yet scarcely more than children — We have run, while yet in our nonage, through the passions and adventures of youth, and therefore we are now old before our day, and the winter of our life has come on ere its summer was well begun. —”
“I find that, during my nonage, I had the reputation of a very sullen youth, but was always a favourite of my schoolmaster, who used to say, “that my parts were solid, and would wear well.””
“In my nonage I used to carry grudges, when I matured I got even, now in my dotage I get ahead.”
“For we cannot deny the church of God both in Asia and Africa, if we do not forget the peregrinations of the apostles, the deaths of the martyrs, the sessions of many and (even in our reformed judgment) lawful councils, held in those parts in the minority and nonage of ours.”
“Most of us spend a good part of our lives in clearing our minds of the notions that sprang up unchecked during our nonage.”
“Some statutes specify how people get married; these generally include both procedural requirements and who can get married, including prohibitions on consanguinity, nonage, and same-sex status in many states.”
“For the same reason we may leave out of consideration those backward states of society in which the race itself may be considered as in its nonage.”
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