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

  • 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.


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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