giovanile

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Italian giovenile, from Latin iuvenīle(m), accusative singular case form of iuvenīlis, derived from iuvenis (young).
Equivalent to giovane (young, noun) +‎ -ile (-ile”, “tending to).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /d͡ʒo.vaˈni.le/, [d͡ʒoväˈn̺iːl̺e]
  • Stress: giovanìle
  • Hyphenation: gio‧va‧ni‧le

Adjective[edit]

giovanile (masculine and feminine plural giovanili)

  1. youth (attributive)
  2. youthful
    • 1374, Francesco Petrarca, “Trionfo della Pudicizia [Triumph of Demureness]”, in I trionfi [The Triumphs][1] (in Italian), Milan: Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, published 1997, lines 87–88:
      Timor d’infamia e Desio sol d’onore, ¶ Penser canuti in giovenile etate
      Fear of shame and desire only for honour ¶ Mature thoughts at a youthful age
  3. early

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