A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-duhlt, ad-uhlt]
    • /əˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt/
    • /ˈæd.ʌlt.hʊd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-duhlt, ad-uhlt]
    • /əˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt/

Definitions of adulthood word

  • uncountable noun adulthood Adulthood is the state of being an adult. 3
  • adjective adulthood having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature: an adult person, animal, or plant. 1
  • adjective adulthood of, relating to, or befitting adults. 1
  • adjective adulthood intended for adults; not suitable for children: adult entertainment. 1
  • noun adulthood a person who is fully grown or developed or of age. 1
  • noun adulthood a full-grown animal or plant. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of adulthood

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
1525-35; 1925-30 for def 3; < Latin adultus grown (past participle of adolēre to make grow), equivalent to ad- ad- + ul- (identical with base al- in aliment, ol- in prolific) + -tus past participle suffix

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Adulthood


adulthood popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% 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".

adulthood usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for adulthood

noun adulthood

  • youth — the condition of being young.
  • maturity — the state of being mature; ripeness: The fruit will reach maturity in a few days.
  • life — the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
  • old age — the last period of human life, now often considered to be the years after 65.
  • infancy — the state or period of being an infant; very early childhood, usually the period before being able to walk; babyhood.

Antonyms for adulthood

noun adulthood

  • childhood — A person's childhood is the period of their life when they are a child.
  • youth — the condition of being young.
  • adolescence — Adolescence is the period of your life in which you develop from being a child into being an adult.
  • infancy — the state or period of being an infant; very early childhood, usually the period before being able to walk; babyhood.
  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.

Top questions with adulthood

  • what age is considered young adulthood?
  • when does adulthood begin?
  • what age is considered adulthood?
  • what is adulthood?
  • what is emerging adulthood?
  • why is 18 the age of adulthood?
  • how to deal with controlling parents in adulthood?
  • what age is adulthood?
  • when did 18 become the legal age of adulthood?
  • what age is considered middle adulthood?
  • how bullying affects adulthood?
  • does socialization end when we enter adulthood?
  • when is early adulthood?
  • what is adulthood stage?
  • what cognitive changes typically occur during adulthood?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?