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

  • n. The period of physical and psychological development from the onset of puberty to maturity.
  • n. A transitional period of development between youth and maturity: the adolescence of a nation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The transitional period of physical and psychological development between childhood and maturity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of growing up from childhood to manhood or womanhood; youth, or the period of life between puberty and maturity, generally considered to be, in the male sex, from fourteen to twenty-one. Sometimes used with reference to the lower animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of growing; specifically, youth, or the period of life between puberty and the full development of the frame, extending in man from about the age of fourteen years to twenty-five, and in woman from twelve to twenty-one: applied almost exclusively to the young of the human race.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood
  • n. in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood


From Middle English adolescence, from Old French adolescence, from Latin adolescentia, from adolescens ("young"); see adolescent. (Wiktionary)



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