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
  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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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (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 examples of usage of this term, see Citations:adult.

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Etymology[edit]

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, 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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