Definition of preadolescent in English:

preadolescent

adjective

  • 1(of a child) having nearly reached adolescence.

    ‘preadolescent girls’
    • ‘For having fought enemy armies, they were apparently helpless in the face of five pre-adolescent girls.’
    • ‘The qualities aimed for are those prized by pre-adolescent children: noise, distraction, and nervous excitement.’
    • ‘It really was an pre-adolescent boy's world for a while.’
    • ‘It homogenises things around the key demographic of the show (adolescent and pre-adolescent kids, particularly girls) to an unfortunate degree - but hey - this is commercial TV.’
    • ‘Because his or her body is not ready yet, do not encourage your pre-adolescent child to participate in adult-style physical activity such as long jogs, using an exercise bike or treadmill, or lifting heavy weights.’
    1. 1.1Relating to the two or three years preceding adolescence.
      ‘Mozart's preadolescent sonatas’

noun

  • A preadolescent child.

    • ‘When the war ends, the city is left with gangs of pre-adolescents armed to the teeth, who have neither qualms about murder nor basic reading and writing skills.’
    • ‘It was hilarious nightmare fodder on a grand scale, the kind of misguided kiddy show that startled more pre-adolescents than it satisfied.’
    • ‘Still other camps serve pre-adolescents who, bubbling and tripping along with enthusiasm and zeal, are clamoring to figure out the concept of ‘us.’’
    • ‘She reveals, albeit incidentally, what makes ballroom practice so universal for these pre-adolescents: each wants to fit in and each has a keen desire to understand the adult world.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the duration of the vaccine's effectiveness is not known, which means these pre-adolescents may end up needing boosters before they go off to college - when they'll be at a higher risk of catching the disease.’

Pronunciation:

preadolescent

/ˌpriːadəˈlɛs(ə)nt/