juvenile


adjective

  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable or intended for young persons: juvenile books.
  2. young; youthful: juvenile years.
  3. immature; childish; infantile: His juvenile tantrums are not in keeping with his age.

noun

  1. a young person; youth.
  2. Theater.
    1. a youthful male or female role.
    2. an actor or actress who plays such parts.
  3. a book for children.
  4. Ornithology. a young bird in the stage when it has fledged, if altricial, or has replaced down of hatching, if precocial.
  5. a two-year-old racehorse.

adjective

  1. young, youthful, or immature
  2. suitable or designed for young peoplejuvenile pastimes
  3. (of animals or plants) not yet fully mature
  4. of or denoting young birds that have developed their first plumage of adult feathers
  5. geology occurring at the earth’s surface for the first time; newjuvenile water; juvenile gases

noun

  1. a juvenile person, animal, or plant
  2. an actor who performs youthful roles
  3. a book intended for young readers
adj.

1620s, from Latin iuvenilis “of or belonging to youth,” from iuvenis “young person,” originally “young” (cf. French jeune; see young). Juvenile delinquency first recorded 1816; Juvenile delinquent the following year.

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