Definition of adolescence in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌadəˈlesəns/


The period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.
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;
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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Syllabification: ad·o·les·cence

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