- the period or age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction of offspring: in common law, presumed to be 14 years in the male and 12 years in the female.
Origin of puberty
Related Words for pubertyadolescence, juvenility, boyhood, juvenescence, spring, youth, greenness, potency, girlhood, springtime, youthfulness, pubescence, teens, preadolescence
Examples from the Web for puberty
Historical Examples of puberty
Puberty is produced by certain phenomena which occur in the sexual organs.The Sexual Question
Puberty is the proper time for the appearance of menstruation.Sex
Puberty is the most wonderful, the most significant period in a girl's life.Woman
William J. Robinson
Another of the dances that is still kept up is the Puberty Dance.The Lake of the Sky
George Wharton James
Puberty is the proper time for the appearance of menstruation, one of the most important and sacred of her functions.Plain Talks on Avoided Subjects
Henry Newell Guernsey
- the period at the beginning of adolescence when the sex glands become functional and the secondary sexual characteristics emergeAlso called: pubescence Related adjective: hebetic
Word Origin for puberty
"the time of life in which the two sexes begin first to be acquainted" [Johnson], late 14c., from Old French puberté and directly from Latin pubertatem (nominative pubertas) "age of maturity, manhood," from pubes (genitive pubertis) "adult, full-grown, manly." Related: Puberal; pubertal.
- The stage of adolescence in which an individual becomes physiologically capable of sexual reproduction.
- The stage in the development of humans and other primates marked by the development of secondary sex characteristics, including menarche in females. In humans, puberty occurs at the onset of adolescence, between the ages of about 11 and 14 in girls and 13 and 16 in boys.