Definition of Juvenile

1. Noun. A young person, not fully developed.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or characteristic of or appropriate for children or young people. "Juvenile fashions"
Derivative terms: Juvenility
Partainyms: Youth

3. Adjective. Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity. "Puerile jokes"
Exact synonyms: Adolescent, Jejune, Puerile
Similar to: Immature
Derivative terms: Jejuneness, Jejunity, Juvenility, Puerility

Definition of Juvenile

1. a. Young; youthful; as, a juvenile appearance.

2. n. A young person or youth; -- used sportively or familiarly.

Definition of Juvenile

1. Adjective. young; not fully developed ¹

2. Adjective. characteristic of youth or immaturity; childish ¹

3. Noun. a prepubescent child ¹

4. Noun. a person not legally of age, or who is younger than may be charged with an offence ¹

5. Noun. an animal that is not sexually mature ¹

6. Noun. an actor playing a child's role ¹

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Definition of Juvenile

1. a young person [n -S]

Medical Definition of Juvenile

1. Pertaining to youth or childhood, young or immature. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Juvenile

juvenile-onset diabetes
juvenile absence epilepsy
juvenile amaurotic idiocy
juvenile angiofibroma
juvenile arrhythmia
juvenile body
juvenile carcinoma
juvenile cataract
juvenile cell
juvenile cerebellar astrocytoma
juvenile chorea
juvenile chronic arthritis
juvenile cirrhosis

Literary usage of Juvenile

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Irish Quarterly Review (1854)
"I.—OUR juvenile CRIMINALS :—THE SCHOOL-MASTER OR THE GAOLER.. Report of Committee on Criminal and ... juvenile Depravity. £ Prize Essay. By Rev. ..."

2. Learning and Working: Six Lectures Delivered in Willis's Rooms, London, in by Frederick Denison Maurice (1855)
"... LECTURE I. juvenile AND ADULT LEARNING. FIFTEEN years ago I delivered some Lectures in this room on the subject of Education. ..."

3. Restituta: Or, Titles, Extracts, and Characters of Old Books in English by Sir Egerton Brydges (1815)
"Peculiar Character of Milton's juvenile Poems, with a list of cotemporary Poems, in 8ro. from Nov. 30,, to May, in the order yf publication. ..."

4. The Poems of S.T. Coleridge by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1848)
"juvenile POEMS. GENEVIEVE. MAID of my Love, sweet Genevieve ! In Beauty's light you glide along: Your eye ..."

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