Definition of adolescence in English:


Line breaks: ado|les¦cence
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;


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

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