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

Definitions of adolescent word

  • adjective adolescent Adolescent is used to describe young people who are no longer children but who have not yet become adults. It also refers to their behaviour. 3
  • adjective adolescent An adolescent is an adolescent boy or girl. 3
  • adjective adolescent of or relating to adolescence 3
  • adjective adolescent behaving in an immature way; puerile 3
  • noun adolescent an adolescent person 3
  • adjective adolescent developing from childhood to maturity; growing up 3

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Origin of adolescent

First appearance:

before 1475
One of the 25% oldest English words
1475-85; < Latin adolēscent- (stem of adolēscēns growing up, present participle of adolēscere), equivalent to adol(ē)- (see adult) + -ēsc- -esce + -ent- -ent

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Parts of speech for Adolescent


adolescent popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% 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".

adolescent usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adolescent

noun adolescent

  • youth — the condition of being young.
  • juvenile — of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable or intended for young persons: juvenile books.
  • teenager — a person in his or her teens.
  • minor — lesser, as in size, extent, or importance, or being or noting the lesser of two: a minor share.
  • youngster — a child.

adjective adolescent

  • teenage — of, relating to, or characteristic of a teenager.
  • young — being in the first or early stage of life or growth; youthful; not old: a young woman.
  • youthful — characterized by youth; young.
  • pubescent — arriving or arrived at puberty.
  • pubertal — of, relating to, or characteristic of puberty.

Antonyms for adolescent

noun adolescent

  • adult — An adult is a mature, fully developed person. An adult has reached the age when they are legally responsible for their actions.
  • infant — a child during the earliest period of its life, especially before he or she can walk; baby.

adjective adolescent

  • mature — complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms: a mature rose bush.

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