Definition of adolescence in English:

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Pronunciation: /adəˈlɛs(ə)ns/


[mass noun]
The period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult: Mary spent her childhood and adolescence in Europe during adolescence teenagers often experience violent mood swings
More example sentences
  • Childhood and adolescence are essential periods of your life in which to learn the importance of physical activity.
  • Young people who need ongoing specialist care beyond adolescence must transfer to adult services.
  • Jenny's adolescence and adult life are, from the outside, quite ordinary.
teenage years, teens, youth, young adulthood, young days, early life;
pubescence, puberty
rare juvenescence, juvenility


Late Middle English: from French, from Latin adolescentia, from adolescere 'grow to maturity' (see adolescent).

Words that rhyme with adolescence

acquiescence, arborescence, coalescence, convalescence, deliquescence, effervescence, essence, evanescence, excrescence, florescence, fluorescence, incandescence, iridescence, juvenescence, luminescence, obsolescence, opalescence, phosphorescence, pubescence, putrescence, quiescence, quintessence

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