- having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature: an adult person, animal, or plant.
- of, relating to, or befitting adults.
- intended for adults; not suitable for children: adult entertainment.
- a person who is fully grown or developed or of age.
- a full-grown animal or plant.
- a person who has attained the age of maturity as specified by law.
Origin of adult
Examples from the Web for adult
Contemporary Examples of adult
Jones is a veteran of another beloved-yet-controversial animated series on Adult Swim, The Boondocks.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical
January 9, 2015
As of 2013, Jews make up 1.8 to 2.2 percent of the adult U.S. population.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
Another side of Spider-Man that might be interesting to explore in a reboot is seeing him as an adult.
I was under the impression that “girls” is a demeaning term for adult women.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
It might feel fresh to see Peter Parker juggling with adult issues.
Historical Examples of adult
His narrative is adapted alike for the juvenile mind and for the adult.
The adult who is nasty is not allowed to do what he likes: neither can the child who likes to be nasty.
To treat a child wholly as an adult would be to mock and destroy it.
"A woman wise enough for that is an adult prodigy," he ventured cautiously.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The transformations which the infant undergoes from birth to adult age are known to all.The Sexual Question
- having reached maturity; fully developed
- of or intended for mature peopleadult education
- regarded as suitable only for adults, because of being pornographicadult films and magazines
- a person who has attained maturity; a grownup
- a mature fully grown animal or plant
- law a person who has attained the age of legal majority (18 years for most purposes)Compare infant
Word Origin for adult
Word Origin and History for adult
1530s (but not common until mid-17c.), from Latin adultus "grown up, mature, adult, ripe," past participle of adolescere "grow up, mature" (see adolescent). As a euphemism for "pornographic," it dates to 1958 and does no honor to the word.
"adult person," 1650s, from adult (adj.).
- One who has attained maturity or legal age.
- A fully grown, mature organism.
- Fully developed and mature.