adolescent

[ ad-l-es-uhnt ]
/ ˌæd lˈɛs ənt /

adjective

growing to manhood or womanhood; youthful.
having the characteristics of adolescence or of an adolescent.

noun

an adolescent person.

Origin of adolescent

1475–85; < Latin adolēscent- (stem of adolēscēns growing up, present participle of adolēscere), equivalent to adol(ē)- (see adult) + -ēsc- -esce + -ent- -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM adolescent

ad·o·les·cent·ly, adverbpost·ad·o·les·cent, adjective, nounsub·ad·o·les·cent, adjective, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adolescent

adolescence adolescents (see synonym study at adolescent)
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British Dictionary definitions for adolescent

adolescent
/ (ˌædəˈlɛsənt) /

adjective

of or relating to adolescence
informal behaving in an immature way; puerile

noun

an adolescent person
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Medicine definitions for adolescent

adolescent
[ ăd′l-ĕsənt ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence.

n.

A young person who has undergone puberty but who has not reached full maturity; a teenager.
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