What does puberty mean?

Definitions for pubertyˈpyu bər ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puberty, pubescence(noun)

    the time of life when sex glands become functional


  1. puberty(Noun)

    the age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction

  2. Origin: From puberte, from pubertas, from pubes, puber

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puberty(noun)

    the earliest age at which persons are capable of begetting or bearing children, usually considered, in temperate climates, to be about fourteen years in males and twelve in females

  2. Puberty(noun)

    the period when a plant first bears flowers

  3. Origin: [L. pubertas, fr. puber, pubes, adult: cf. F. pubert.]


  1. Puberty

    Puberty is the process of physical changes by which a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction to enable fertilisation. It is initiated by hormonal signals from the brain to the gonads; the ovaries in a girl, the testes in a boy. In response to the signals, the gonads produce hormones that stimulate libido and the growth, function, and transformation of the brain, bones, muscle, blood, skin, hair, breasts, and sexual organs. Physical growth—height and weight—accelerates in the first half of puberty and is completed when the child has developed an adult body. Until the maturation of their reproductive capabilities, the pre-pubertal, physical differences between boys and girls are the genitalia, the penis and the vagina. On average, girls begin puberty at ages 10–11; boys at ages 11–12. Girls usually complete puberty by ages 15–17, while boys usually complete puberty by ages 16–17. The major landmark of puberty for females is menarche, the onset of menstruation, which occurs on average between ages 12–13; for males, it is the first ejaculation, which occurs on average at age 13. In the 21st century, the average age at which children, especially girls, reach puberty is lower compared to the 19th century, when it was 15 for girls and 16 for boys. This can be due to any number of factors, including improved nutrition resulting in rapid body growth, increased weight and fat deposition, or exposure to endocrine disruptors such as xenoestrogens, which can at times be due to food consumption or other environmental factors. Puberty which starts earlier than usual is known as precocious puberty. Puberty which starts later than usual is known as delayed puberty.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Puberty

    pū′bėr-ti, n. the age of full development: early manhood or womanhood: the period when a plant begins to flower.—adjs. Pū′beral; Pūber′ulent, covered with very fine downy hairs.—ns. Pū′bes, the pubic region, the hair growing thereon at puberty; Pūbes′cence, state of one arrived at puberty: (bot.) the soft, short hair on plants.—adj. Pūbes′cent, arriving at puberty: (bot., zool.) covered with soft, short hair; Pubig′erous, pubescent. [Fr. puberté—L. pubertas, -tatispubes, puber, grown up.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Puberty

    A period in the human life in which the development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal system takes place and reaches full maturity. The onset of synchronized endocrine events in puberty lead to the capacity for reproduction (FERTILITY), development of secondary SEX CHARACTERISTICS, and other changes seen in ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of puberty in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of puberty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lauren Greenfield:

    I knew that girls suffered a confidence crisis at puberty but had no idea we would see such strong stereotypes played out and such a dramatic shift at puberty.

  2. Zoe Diana Draelos:

    The reason people start to go bald is because, especially in men, the testosterone that is released in puberty shuts down some of the hair follicles on the top of the scalp.

  3. Joyce Lee:

    We ca n’t control the timing of puberty in kids, but we do know that excess weight is associated with an earlier onset of puberty in girls, it is important for parents to help their children maintain a healthy weight.

  4. Kurt Vonnegut:

    What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It's a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to call you a man thereafter.

  5. Jennifer Leighdon Wu:

    There are a lot of hormones that come into play at the time of puberty, and taking up smoking before the age of 13 may affect that hormonal axis, this could be why these young girls have a lot of pain when they get their period.

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