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puberty Syllabification: pu·ber·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞obərdē/

Definition of puberty in English:


The period during which adolescents reach sexual maturity and become capable of reproduction.
Example sentences
  • Now the gymnasts for instance have been shown to have delayed menarche and also delayed puberty.
  • Some children grow slightly more slowly than others and reach puberty later than average.
  • During puberty or nearing menopause, many women have irregular periods so no treatment is necessary.
adolescence, pubescence, sexual maturity, growing up;
youth, young adulthood, the/one's teenage years, the/one's teens, the awkward age
formal juvenescence


Example sentences
  • The glands remain immature until puberty, and it is the secretion of sebum that is associated with pubertal acne.
  • Body image issues related to height, weight, pubertal stage, and scarring can contribute to reduced self esteem and negative self image, problems that may persist into adult life.
  • Long-term treatment with these medications can also slow a child's growth and delay pubertal maturation.


Late Middle English: from Latin pubertas, from puber 'adult', related to pubes (see pubes).

  • Puberty is from Latin pubertas, from puber ‘adult’, related to pubes ‘genitals’ (source of pubic (early 19th century)).

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