From Latin iuvenīlis (“youthful; juvenile”), from iuvenis (“young; a youth”) + -īlis (“suffix forming adjectives indicating a relationship or a pertaining to”). Iuvenis is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yuh₁en- (“young”), from *h₂óyu (“long life; lifetime”) (from *h₂ey- (“age; life”)) + *h₁én (“in”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːvənaɪl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːvənəl/
- Hyphenation: ju‧ven‧ile
- juvey (colloquial)
juvenile (plural juveniles)
- A prepubescent child.
- A person younger than the age of majority; a minor.
- (criminal law) A person younger than the age of full criminal responsibility, such that the person either cannot be held criminally liable or is subject to less severe forms of punishment.
- (literature) A publication for young adult readers.
- (theater) An actor playing a child's role.
- (zoology) A sexually immature animal.