[non-ij, noh-nij]


the period of legal minority, or of an age below 21.
any period of immaturity.

Nearby words

  1. nonacademic,
  2. nonacceptance,
  3. nonaccidental injury,
  4. nonachiever,
  5. nonaddictive,
  6. nonagenarian,
  7. nonaggression,
  8. nonagon,
  9. nonagonal,
  10. nonagricultural

Origin of nonage

1350–1400; late Middle English < Middle French (see non-, age); replacing Middle English nownage < Anglo-French nounage; Middle French as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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