[non-ij, noh-nij]


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 (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

Related Words for nonage

immaturity, childhood, infancy

Examples from the Web for nonage

Historical Examples of nonage

  • England is no more in her dotage than America is in her nonage.

    Canada and the Canadians

    Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle

  • They are a piece of stubborn antiquity, compared with which Stonehenge is in its nonage.

    Pearls of Thought

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • De ovo, as yet in the nonage thereof; but infants may be men in due time.

    William Harvey

    D'Arcy Powers

  • The youth in his nonage, and the gray-haired and very aged man were there.

    The Iron Furnace

    John H. Aughey

  • 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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