[joo-vuh-nil-ee-uh, -nil-yuh]

plural noun

works, especially writings, produced in one's youth: His juvenilia were more successful than his mature writings.
literary or artistic productions suitable or designed for the young: publishers of juvenilia.

Origin of juvenilia

1615–25; < Latin, noun use of neuter plural of juvenīlis juvenile
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pl n

works of art, literature, or music produced in youth or adolescence, before the artist, author, or composer has formed a mature style

Word Origin for juvenilia

C17: from Latin, literally: youthful things; see juvenile
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Word Origin and History for juvenilia

"works of a person's youth," 1620s, from Latin iuvenilia, neuter plural of iuvenilis (see juvenile).

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juvenilia in Culture



Works produced in childhood or youth, particularly written or artistic works.

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