Definition of juvenilia in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌjo͞ovəˈnilēə/

plural noun

Works produced by an author or artist while still young.
Example sentences
  • London's first chapter on the Brontes' juvenilia critiques the literary-critical construction of an individual, solitary author out of collaborative, adolescent writing practices.
  • But a remark by Evelyn Waugh about the juvenilia of Ronald Knox comes to mind, that only by ‘shameless and inept experiments’ does any writer achieve ‘mastery of a very difficult language’.
  • The appendix to the Complete Poems prints the two pieces of juvenilia that were published in Bunting's youth, both remarkably conventional given that Bunting knew and already admired Whitman.


Early 17th century: from Latin, neuter plural of juvenilis (see juvenile).

Words that rhyme with juvenilia

bougainvillea, Brasília, cilia, conciliar, familiar, haemophilia (US hemophilia), Hillier, memorabilia, paedophilia (US pedophilia), sedilia

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ju·ve·nil·i·a

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.