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


Usage notes[edit]

  • This is a nebulous concept and no fixed ages can be sensibly assigned to the term. However:
    • in psychology, an age-range of 18 to 40 is sometimes quoted.
    • in publishing, young-adult fiction is aimed at adolescents with an age-range of 12 to 18.