- a youthful male or female role.
- an actor or actress who plays such parts.
Origin of juvenile
Examples from the Web for juvenile
A car was indeed dispatched, with no mention that the suspect was possibly a juvenile and that the gun might be a toy.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim|Michael Daly|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sixty of those 700 are “juvenile lifers,” men who came in as adolescents and are serving a life term.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On|Tina Brown|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was also the front for a juvenile delinquent roaming the streets of New York City and using me as a parental alibi.
It also traces his days as a juvenile delinquent, and gradual rise up the R&B charts.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger|Marlow Stern|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Over the past few years, activist groups have raised money to spare the lives of juvenile offenders who are unable to pay the fee.
Yet the "Tigers" purposed to make the place the talk of the juvenile population and they turned to their captain for advice.A Son of the City|Herman Gastrell Seely
But now for the juvenile but audacious Portland, who describes herself as "the commercial metropolis of the Northwest."Two Years in Oregon|Wallis Nash
One juvenile was carried by wind over the river where it dropped into the water.Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska|James W. Bee
He talked pretty continuously during these drives, and he by no means restricted his subjects to juvenile matters.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
It should be approached with respect, and not merely introduced as a juvenile appendix to Madame (p. 103) Tussaud's!Highways and Byways in London|Mrs. E. T. Cook.
British Dictionary definitions for juvenile
Word Origin for juvenile
Word Origin and History for juvenile
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.