Definition of adolescence in English:


Syllabification: ad·o·les·cence
Pronunciation: /ˌadlˈesəns


  • The period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.
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    • 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; pubescence, puberty


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

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