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Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman nounage, corresponding to non- +‎ age.



nonage (plural nonages)

  1. The state of being under legal age; minority, the fact of being a minor. [from 15th c.]
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of the Life of Sally Salisbury:
      The other he used to recreate himself with, after he had been solemnly Contracted to his intended Spouse who was in her Nonage, and kept her till his Wife was ripe for Consummation.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Late Latin nonagium, from nōnus (ninth).


nonage (plural nonages)

  1. (obsolete, rare) A payment formerly made from to the parish clergy upon the death of a parishioner, consisting of a ninth of the movable goods.