the period of legal minority, or of an age below 21.
any period of immaturity.
Origin of nonage
1350–1400; late Middle English
< Middle French
); replacing Middle English nownage
< Anglo-French nounage; Middle French
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Examples from the Web for nonage
Historical Examples of nonage
England is no more in her dotage than America is in her nonage.
They are a piece of stubborn antiquity, compared with which Stonehenge is in its nonage.
De ovo, as yet in the nonage thereof; but infants may be men in due time.
The youth in his nonage, and the gray-haired and very aged man were there.
Kings in their dotage and princes in their nonage wooed her.
British Dictionary definitions for nonage
law the state of being under any of various ages at which a person may legally enter into certain transactions, such as the making of binding contracts, marrying, etc
any period of immaturity
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Word Origin and History for nonage
late 14c., "state of not being of age," from Old French nonage, from non- (see non-) + age (see age (n.)).
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