- 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
Related Words for adulthoodboldness, nobility, courage, masculinity, virility, fortitude, mettle, bravery, potency, adulthood, flowering, youth, maturity, life, evolution, advancement, expansion, improvement, increase, progress
Examples from the Web for adulthood
Contemporary Examples of adulthood
It is hardly a rejection of adulthood, rather a momentary escape from routine.Don’t Diss the Beauty of Brunch: Defending Our Favorite Meal
October 15, 2014
The moral duties and doubts of adulthood are swapped out for the histrionic creeds of adolescence.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel
September 20, 2014
As an adulthood now living out his passion, his dedication sometimes borders on obsession.Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
August 27, 2014
A basketball player in her teen years, Goldberg became a veteran of various exercise fads in adulthood.Breaking Polo's Grass Ceiling
August 20, 2014
And some people in the fashion industry want to make sure her legacy lives on well into adulthood.Why Tavi Gevinson Left Fashion; You'll Soon Be Able to Dress Like Barbie
The Fashion Beast Team
August 15, 2014
Historical Examples of adulthood
Oh, to be out of school, at the end of that first day of adulthood!The Madigans
Dreams of adulthood, dealing with the present or the future, indicate progression.Psychoanalysis
It leads, too, in due time, to a lack of reverence for adulthood.Dickens As an Educator
James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
Still, he was my link to my family, to my first adulthood and my only childhood.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Reproductive-wise, there is no question as to adulthood; each of the four females was pregnant.
- 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 adulthood
"adult person," 1650s, from adult (adj.).
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.
- One who has attained maturity or legal age.
- A fully grown, mature organism.
- Fully developed and mature.