from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or designed for children especially between the ages of 9 and 12.
  • adjective Being a child especially between the ages of 9 and 12; preadolescent.
  • noun A preadolescent boy or girl.

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  • adjective Of, relating to, or designed for, or being children between the ages of about 9 to 12
  • noun A child in this age group

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

  • noun a preadolescent boy or girl (usually between 9 and 12 years of age)
  • adjective of or relating to or designed for children between the ages of 9 and 12


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  • This is collecting theme is very prevalent in preteen males who will collect almost anything.

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  • This is collecting theme is very prevalent in preteen males who will collect almost anything.

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  • "Most of the things were - well, depending on your definition of the law - not illegal," Martin says, referring to the "preteen girls" subreddit. News

  • The baby-sitter, getting chummy with my kids after working for me for about a month, told my preteen daughter that she smoked PCP on the weekend but made it a point never to smoke it during the workweek.

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  • My brother is a grandfather two times over and still in college, becoming a doctor in his fiftieth year; my sister married her best friend from preteen Zionist camp, and they have eleven-year-old twin Zionist daughters.

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  • When I stopped subscribing as a preteen circa 1989, I imagined that the magazine would transform greatly through the decades and different editors at the helm.

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  • I had terrible struggles with weight as a teen and preteen.

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  • If "Lemonade Mouth" maintains its current interest level among its preteen audience, company executives say, it could spawn a miniature industry of sequels, perhaps even a big-screen adaptation, more albums by cast members and perhaps even a concert tour.

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  • This, of course, is rare, as any mother of an infant or preteen knows.

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  • As a preteen girl, I wanted to dress as twins with Bubbe Mary because I just loved her clothes, but she never wanted to do the whole matching grandmother-and-granddaughter-outfit-making and -wearing thing that was so popular with our Mormon neighbors, which was a huge disappointment to me.

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