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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-l-es-uh ns]
    • /ˌæd lˈɛs əns/
    • /ˌæd.əˈles.əns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-l-es-uh ns]
    • /ˌæd lˈɛs əns/

Definitions of adolescence word

  • uncountable noun adolescence Adolescence is the period of your life in which you develop from being a child into being an adult. 3
  • noun adolescence the period in human development that occurs between the beginning of puberty and adulthood 3
  • noun adolescence the state or quality of being adolescent 3
  • noun adolescence the time of life between puberty and maturity; youth 3
  • noun adolescence the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth. 1
  • noun adolescence the process or state of growing to maturity. 1

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Origin of adolescence

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin adolēscentia. See adolescent, -ence

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Adolescence


adolescence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adolescence usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adolescence

noun adolescence

  • boyhood — Boyhood is the period of a male person's life during which he is a boy.
  • juvenility — juvenile state, character, or manner.
  • minority — the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.
  • spring — String PRocessING language
  • youth — the condition of being young.

Antonyms for adolescence

noun adolescence

  • infancy — the state or period of being an infant; very early childhood, usually the period before being able to walk; babyhood.
  • adulthood — Adulthood is the state of being an adult.

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