adolescent

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Etymology[edit]

First attested 1482, from Middle French adolescent, from Latin adolescentem, accusative form of adolescens, present participle of adolescere (to become adult, grow up), from ad- (to) + alescere (to grow or become nourished). The adjective first appeared in 1785.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: ăd'əlĕsʹənt, IPA(key): /ˌædəˈlɛsənt/

Adjective[edit]

adolescent (not comparable)

  1. Characteristic of, or relating to, or undergoing adolescence; immature.
    • Cowper
      Schools, unless discipline were doubly strong, / Detain their adolescent charge too long.

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Noun[edit]

adolescent (plural adolescents)

  1. A teenager; a juvenile after puberty.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin adulēscēns.

Adjective[edit]

adolescent m, f (masculine and feminine plural adolescents)

  1. adolescent

Noun[edit]

adolescent m, f (plural adolescents)

  1. teenager

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adolescent m, f (plural adolescenten, diminutive adolescentje n)

  1. adolescent

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French[edit]

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adolescent m (feminine adolescente, masculine plural adolescents, feminine plural adolescentes)

  1. adolescent
    • 1866, Eugène Sue, L'alouette du casque
      Au retour de Victoria, si belle de sa beauté de quinze ans, j’avais son âge ; je devins, quoique à peine adolescent, follement épris d’elle ; je cachai soigneusement cet amour, autant par timidité que par suite du respect que m’inspirait, malgré le fraternel attachement dont elle me donnait chaque jour des preuves, cette sérieuse jeune fille, qui rapportait du collège des druidesses je ne sais quoi d’imposant, de pensif et de mystérieux.
      When Victoria returned in her dazzling beauty of fifteen years I was of the same age and although hardly of the age of puberty myself, I fell distractedly in love with her. I carefully concealed my feelings, out of friendship as well as by reason of the respect that, despite the fraternal attachment of which she every day gave me fresh proof, that serious young maid, who brought with her from the college of the female druids an indescribably imposing, pensive and mysterious appearance, inspired in me.

Noun[edit]

adolescent m (plural adolescents, feminine adolescente)

  1. adolescent
    • 1841, François-René de Chateaubriand, Mémoires d'outre-tombe
      Je me mis à tirer l'horoscope de l'adolescente vendangeuse : vieillira-t-elle au pressoir, mère de famille obscure et heureuse ? Sera-t-elle emmenée les camps par un caporal ? Deviendra-t-elle la proie de quelque Don Juan ? La villageoise enlevée aime son ravisseur autant d'étonnement que d'amour ; il la transporte dans un palais de marbre sur le détroit de Messine, sous un palmier au bord d'une source, en face de la mer qui déploie ses flots d'azur, et de l'Etna qui jette des flammes.
      I set to drawing up the horoscope of the adolescent fruit-picker: will she grow old at the cider-press, the mother of an obscure but happy family? Will she be led off to the camps by some corporal? Will she fall prey to some Don Juan? The seduced village girl loves her ravisher as well as the astonishment of love; he transports her to a palace of marble on the Straits of Messina, beneath a palm-tree beside a fountain, facing the sea with azure wave, and Etna spouting flame.

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Verb[edit]

adolescent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of adolescō