Definition of adolescent in US English:

adolescent

adjective

  • 1(of a young person) in the process of developing from a child into an adult.

    • ‘Mounting their own protest of sorts, wealthy adolescent girls will insist on buying their clothes secondhand.’
    • ‘Theories about the emotional and moral development of adolescent girls are then presented.’
    • ‘It seemed logical to develop a companion model of adolescent boys' sexual health.’
    • ‘Screening to detect problem drinking is recommended in all adult and adolescent patients.’
    • ‘Last year an American study found that 97 per cent of adolescent girls believe that women should be paid equally.’
    • ‘My daughter lives in Maine, and she runs a wilderness program for adolescent girls in trouble.’
    • ‘Thanks to the flashbulbs of photographers and the screaming of adolescent girls, the atmosphere was more like a pop concert than a sporting event.’
    • ‘This is a fun book for adults, and a perfect one for adolescent girls.’
    • ‘Fully developed adolescent boys tend to be stronger and larger than adolescent girls.’
    • ‘Healthy development for early adolescent girls is defined by these tasks.’
    • ‘He knew of an adolescent girl who had been brought on three weekends to the hospital in Tullamore by gardaí who had found her wandering aimlessly.’
    • ‘And it is a traditional coming-of-age story, the struggle of an adolescent girl to find her voice.’
    • ‘For example, the author suggests that an adolescent girl's self esteem is an internal biological process.’
    • ‘Many people worldwide, usually adolescent boys, have had their lives completely taken over by computer games.’
    • ‘O'Connell has created a tale that appeals to many adolescent girls.’
    • ‘Dietary supplement use is a well-documented practice among adult and adolescent athletes.’
    • ‘In more recent work, Gilligan focuses on the moral development of adolescent girls.’
    • ‘I learned how to negotiate fights between adolescent girls without making it seem like parental interference.’
    • ‘Pregnancy and child bearing occur before adolescent girls are fully developed, exposing them to great health risks.’
    • ‘The people who are at risk for inadequate iron would be young infants, adolescent girls, and women of childbearing age.’
    teenage, teenaged, pubescent, youthful, young, juvenile
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or characteristic of adolescence.
      ‘his adolescent years’
      ‘adolescent problems’
      • ‘They are attracted to each other because of raging hormones that are present especially during your teenage and adolescent years.’
      • ‘Teenagers should be told explicitly about the pitfalls of adolescent sex.’
      • ‘Is it not hard enough to manage these oversized automobiles around the city without the yelling of voices and pushing of adolescent teens?’
      • ‘To do this they must take into account the characteristics of adolescent behaviour.’
      • ‘Almost right away, as the adolescent pair sat down, a tall and skinny teenage waitress was there to take their order.’
      • ‘Both young women are experiencing adolescent discontents at the beginning of the ballet.’
      • ‘They speak in an almost matter-of-fact way, recounting the catalogue of bad behaviour that has characterised the adolescent years for Alan.’
      • ‘In pygmies, this adolescent growth spurt does not occur, hence their characteristic short stature.’
      • ‘The adolescent and teenage birth rate has fallen by nearly half since 1992.’
      • ‘Creating a show specifically for teenagers, Irvine and Mcleary decided to capitalise on the adolescent obsession with the gothic.’
      • ‘Indeed, the early autonomy for the young child of divorce may preclude adolescent individuation.’
      • ‘The nubile young lead, Adela, is played with convincing adolescent frustration by Isabel Claffey in her Abbey debut.’
      • ‘Do tapered jeans, legwarmers, unicorns and green mascara remind you of your adolescent years?’
      • ‘You can feel that special, adolescent magnetism that comes from two alienated teenagers.’
      • ‘However the first movie was adolescent nonsense, lacking in both characterisation and narrative.’
      • ‘Both parents help feed the young during the long adolescent period.’
      • ‘Consequently, it is easy to forget the adolescent emotional turmoil that embroils the youngest ones.’
      • ‘The young malamute can pass through an adolescent stage where it attempts to assert itself by growling.’
      • ‘Aside from the teenage pregnancy strategy, few public health initiatives focus on adolescent health.’
      • ‘Soon, he could hear adolescent voices: most likely two younger guys and two girls.’
      immature, childish, babyish, infantile, juvenile, puerile, jejune, inane, silly, fatuous
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noun

  • An adolescent boy or girl.

    • ‘Children, adolescents, parents and teachers should be made aware of this problem.’
    • ‘No one discusses health issues pertaining to adolescents in the villages and the girls have no one to turn to.’
    • ‘The youth workers are employed to assist and help adolescents and teenagers.’
    • ‘How can the legal system and courts better meet the needs of children and adolescents?’
    • ‘Are adolescents really any more troubled or troubling than before?’
    • ‘Does the government see adolescents and youth as a cohesive group that needs separate attention?’
    • ‘It expects two things of adolescents: that they achieve academically and are law-abiding.’
    • ‘I had worked with adolescents before, but this was a completely different experience.’
    • ‘There has been a lot of change in the pattern of life that adolescents follow now.’
    • ‘Some young girls, dressed as choir boys joked and held each other like the adolescents they were.’
    • ‘Dorothy works with adolescents and teens, as well as adults and couples on a wide range of issues.’
    • ‘The standard of behaviour, especially that of young adolescents, has become a matter of concern.’
    • ‘The two boys first met at preschool, but it is as adolescents that they meet again.’
    • ‘At this time also adolescents begin to think hypothetically and abstractly.’
    • ‘The adolescents that applied to the school were hoping to mimic Trevi's rise to fame.’
    • ‘For those children and adolescents newly presenting with depression the situation is different.’
    • ‘Fantasy is not the only genre that young adolescents show a preference for as readers.’
    • ‘She draws a metaphor for how this is contrary to her work with children and adolescents.’
    • ‘Signs of malnutrition are on the increase, especially among children and adolescents.’
    • ‘In almost all situations adolescents are both children and adults at the same time.’
    teenager, youngster, young person, young adult, young man, young woman, young lady, young one, youth, juvenile, minor
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun): via French from Latin adolescent- ‘coming to maturity’, from adolescere, from ad- ‘to’ + alescere ‘grow, grow up’, from alere ‘nourish’. The adjective dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

adolescent

/ˌadəˈles(ə)nt//ˌædəˈlɛs(ə)nt/