- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable or intended for young persons: juvenile books.
- young; youthful: juvenile years.
- immature; childish; infantile: His juvenile tantrums are not in keeping with his age.
- a young person; youth.
- a youthful male or female role.
- an actor or actress who plays such parts.
- a book for children.
- Ornithology. a young bird in the stage when it has fledged, if altricial, or has replaced down of hatching, if precocial.
- a two-year-old racehorse.
Origin of juvenile
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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
December 2, 2014
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
November 10, 2014
I was also the front for a juvenile delinquent roaming the streets of New York City and using me as a parental alibi.Where Cellphone Numbers Go to Die
August 16, 2014
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
August 4, 2014
Over the past few years, activist groups have raised money to spare the lives of juvenile offenders who are unable to pay the fee.Iran to Hang Abused Child Bride
June 20, 2014
His narrative is adapted alike for the juvenile mind and for the adult.
The conversation at this point was interrupted by the appearance of the juvenile man.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
With impulsive kindness he stops and speaks assuringly to this juvenile spy.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
This miracle is as common in the "Acta Sanctorum" as in the juvenile romances.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
Merrihew curled the ends of his juvenile mustache and scowled fiercely.The Lure of the Mask
- young, youthful, or immature
- suitable or designed for young peoplejuvenile pastimes
- (of animals or plants) not yet fully mature
- of or denoting young birds that have developed their first plumage of adult feathers
- geology occurring at the earth's surface for the first time; newjuvenile water; juvenile gases
- a juvenile person, animal, or plant
- an actor who performs youthful roles
- a book intended for young readers
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.