Definition of coming of age in English:

coming of age


  • The age or occasion when one formally becomes an adult.

    ‘time was when being offered a drink for the first time was a rite of passage, a coming of age’
    • ‘He is wished every happiness on his coming of age.’
    • ‘A decade later, a new group of scholars is coming of age.’
    • ‘Moreover, a generation of local architects who have been educated abroad is coming of age.’
    • ‘Once a bastion for socialist thinking, the open source (OS) community is finally coming of age.’
    • ‘For Germany, the move to gold constituted a coming of age.’
    • ‘Children across the world, from widely different backgrounds, celebrate their coming of age.’
    • ‘Today, we have a new climate for women who are coming of age.’
    • ‘Bambara's feisty girls are not diminutive characters, to be outgrown with the coming of age of the movement.’
    • ‘Piercing is often part of a ceremony marking the coming of age.’
    • ‘Many of the Chicano texts appropriate or written for young adults feature males coming of age.’


coming of age

/ˌkʌmɪŋ əv ˈeɪdʒ/