[ uh-duhlt, ad-uhlt ]
/ əˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt /
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.
- adult education,
- adult fanconi's syndrome,
- adult home,
- adult medulloepithelioma,
- adult onset diabetes
Origin of adult
a·dult·hood, nouna·dult·like, adjectivea·dult·ly, adverba·dult·ness, noun
non·a·dult, adjective, nounqua·si-a·dult, adjectivesub·a·dult, adjective, nounsub·a·dult·ness, nounun·a·dult, adjective
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Examples from the Web for adultlike
By the end of the 4th week the young, except for size, are adultlike and capable of independent existence.North American Jumping Mice (Genus Zapus)|Philip H. Krutzsch
/ (ˈædʌlt, əˈdʌlt) /
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
C16: from Latin adultus, from adolēscere to grow up, from alēscere to grow, from alēre to feed, nourish
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[ ə-dŭlt′, ăd′ŭlt ]
One who has attained maturity or legal age.
A fully grown, mature organism.
Fully developed and mature.
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