adult

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From French adulte, Latin adultus (grown up), perfect passive participle of adolescō (I grow up). Compare adolescent.

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adult (plural adults)

  1. A fully grown human or animal.
    • 1840, Georges Cuvier, Edward Blyth, Robert Mudie, George Johnston, and J.O. Westwood, “The fourth order of reptiles—The batrachians”, in Cuvier's Animal Kingdom[1], page 286:
      The young not only differs from the adult by the presence of its gills, but its feet are only developed by degrees, and in several genera there are also a deciduous beak and tail, and intestines of a different form
  2. A person who has reached the legal age of majority.

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adult (comparative more adult, superlative most adult)

  1. Fully grown.
    an adult human, animal, or plant
    • 1837, Michael Donovan, Domestic Economy: Human Food, Animal and Vegetable[2], page 86:
      The paws of the adult brown bear, and also their hams, especially when smoked, are considered a great delicacy.
  2. Intended for or restricted to adults rather than children.
    adult clothes
    • 1973, Marshall Kaplan, Gans, and Kahn, Children and the urban environment (page 21)
      In May 1967 the WGBH Education Division submitted an initial proposal to HUD for a series of four adult television documentaries on conservation in an urban environment.
  3. Containing material of an explicit sexual nature; of, or pertaining to, pornography.
    an adult movie
    This program contains adult content. Parental discretion is advised.
  4. Vulgar or profane.

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adult (third-person singular simple present adults, present participle adulting, simple past and past participle adulted)

  1. (intransitive, informal) To behave like an adult.
  2. (nonstandard, rare) To (cause to) be or become an adult.
    • 1974, Occasional Papers (Syracuse University), issues 42-46, page 5:
      Womanhood was achieved at twenty-one, when the female was "adulted"; manhood was fully achieved at twenty-five, []
    • 2013, Ewa Rewers, The Contradictions of Urban Art, →ISBN, page 84:
      The process of adulting children [] overlaps with the process of the uncontrolled infiltration of the media [] into children’s imagination.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:adult.

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From Latin adultus.

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adult (feminine adulta, masculine plural adults, feminine plural adultes)

  1. adult (fully grown)

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adult m (plural adults, feminine adulta)

  1. adult (fully grown person)

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adult (not comparable)

  1. (medicine) adult

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French adulte, Latin adultus. See above.

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adult m or n (feminine singular adultă, masculine plural adulți, feminine and neuter plural adulte)

  1. adult

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adult m (plural adulți, feminine equivalent adultă)

  1. adult

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