juvenile

[ joo-vuh-nl, -nahyl ]
/ ˈdʒu və nl, -ˌnaɪl /

adjective

noun

Origin of juvenile

1615–25; < Latin juvenīlis youthful, equivalent to juven(is) youthful + -īlis -ile
Related forms
Can be confusedjejune juvenile
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British Dictionary definitions for juvenile

juvenile

/ (ˈdʒuːvɪˌnaɪl) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsjuvenilely, adverbjuvenileness, noun

Word Origin for juvenile

C17: from Latin juvenīlis youthful, from juvenis young
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Word Origin and History for juvenile

juvenile


adj.

1620s, from Latin iuvenilis "of or belonging to youth," from iuvenis "young person," originally "young" (cf. French jeune; see young). Juvenile delinquency first recorded 1816; Juvenile delinquent the following year.

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