Definition of adolescence in English:

adolescence

Line breaks: ado|les¦cence
Pronunciation: /adəˈlɛs(ə)ns
 
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noun

[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.
    Synonyms
    teenage years, teens, youth, young adulthood, young days, early life; pubescence, puberty

Origin

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

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