Definitions for Adultəˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•dultəˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt(adj.)

  1. having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  2. of, pertaining to, or befitting adults.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. intended only for adults; not suitable for children. pornographic.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (n.)a person who is fully grown or developed or of age.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  5. a person who has attained the legal age of majority.

    Category: Law

  6. a full-grown animal or plant.

    Category: Developmental Biology

Origin of adult:

1525–35 < L adultus grown, ptp. of adolēre to make grow =ad-ad - +-olēre (akin to al- in aliment , ol- in prolific )

a•dult′ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adult, grownup(noun)

    a fully developed person from maturity onward

  2. adult(adj)

    any mature animal

  3. adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup(adj)

    (of animals) fully developed

    "an adult animal"; "a grown woman"

  4. pornographic, adult(adj)

    designed to arouse lust

    "pornographic films and magazines"; "adult movies"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. adult(noun)əˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt

    a fully-developed person or animal

    when you're an adult; The price for adults is $10.00.

  2. adult(adjective)əˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt

    fully developed; = full-grown

    an adult female cat

  3. adultəˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt

    typical of an adult

    adult behavior

  4. adultəˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt

    showing behavior involving sex not appropriate for children

    adult movies/magazines

Wiktionary

  1. adult(Noun)

    A fully grown human or animal.

  2. adult(Noun)

    A person who lives outside the parental home.

  3. adult(Noun)

    A person whose parents are deceased.

  4. adult(Adjective)

    Of a human or animal, fully grown.

  5. adult(Adjective)

    Intended for adults rather than children.

    adult clothes

  6. adult(Adjective)

    Containing material of an explicit sexual nature

  7. Origin: adulte, adultus, past participle of adolescere; see adolescent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adult(adj)

    having arrived at maturity, or to full size and strength; matured; as, an adult person or plant; an adult ape; an adult age

  2. Adult(noun)

    a person, animal, or plant grown to full size and strength; one who has reached maturity

Freebase

  1. Adult

    Biologically, an adult is a human being or other organism that is of reproductive age. In human context, the term adult additionally has meanings associated with social and legal concepts; for example, a legal adult is a legal concept for a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient, and responsible. In addition, human adulthood encompasses psychological adult development. Definitions of adulthood are often inconsistent and contradictory; a person may be biologically an adult, and have adult behavior but still be treated as a child if they are under the legal age of majority. Conversely, one may legally be an adult but possess none of the maturity and responsibility that may define adult character. An event relating to the oncoming of adulthood is coming of age, which encompasses passing a series of tests to demonstrate that a person is prepared for adulthood, or reaching a specified age, sometimes in conjunction with demonstrating preparation. Most modern societies determine legal adulthood based on reaching a legally specified age without requiring a demonstration of physical maturity or preparation for adulthood.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Adult

    A person having attained full growth or maturity. Adults are of 19 through 44 years of age.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adult' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2240

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adult' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3659

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adult' in Nouns Frequency: #601


Translations for Adult

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

adult(adjective)

fully grown

an adult gorilla.

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