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


an adolescent person.

Nearby words

  1. ado-ekiti,
  2. adobe,
  3. adobe flat,
  4. adobo,
  5. adolescence,
  6. adolescent medicine,
  7. adolf,
  8. adolph,
  9. adon olam,
  10. adonai

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

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

Can be confusedadolescence adolescents (see synonym study at adolescent) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adolescent



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


an adolescent person
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Word Origin and History for adolescent
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Medicine definitions for adolescent




Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence.


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

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