young adult

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young adult (plural young adults)

  1. A person who has achieved sexual maturity but whose character and personality are still developing as they gain experience
    Young adult actress Annie Jay wrote a book called Stars in Your Eyes Feet on the Ground giving career advice for young adult actors.


Usage notes[edit]

  • This is a nebulous concept and no fixed ages can be sensibly assigned to the term. However:
    • in psychology and medicine, age-ranges such as 18 to 40 or 15 to 30 [1] are sometimes quoted.
    • in publishing, young-adult fiction is aimed at adolescents with an age-range of 12 to 18.
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