a fully developed person from maturity onward
any mature animal
adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup(adj)
(of animals) fully developed
"an adult animal"; "a grown woman"
designed to arouse lust
"pornographic films and magazines"; "adult movies"
A fully grown human or animal.
A person who lives outside the parental home.
A person whose parents are deceased.
Of a human or animal, fully grown.
Intended for adults rather than children.
Containing material of an explicit sexual nature
Origin: adulte, adultus, past participle of adolescere; see adolescent.
having arrived at maturity, or to full size and strength; matured; as, an adult person or plant; an adult ape; an adult age
a person, animal, or plant grown to full size and strength; one who has reached maturity
Origin: [L. adultus, p. p. of adolescere, akin to alere to nourish: cf. F. adulte. See Adolescent, Old.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ad-ult′, adj. grown: mature.—n. a grown-up person.—n. Adult′ness. [L. adultus—adolescĕre, to grow. See Adolescent.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A person having attained full growth or maturity. Adults are of 19 through 44 years of age.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'adult' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2240
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'adult' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3659
Rank popularity for the word 'adult' in Nouns Frequency: #601
The numerical value of adult in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of adult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of adult in a Sentence
To be an adult is to be alone.
What Washington needs is adult supervision.
This is where I became an adult, my life is here.
A child learns by growing, an adult learns to grow.
People say, everywhere I go, you seem to be the adult on stage.
Images & Illustrations of adult
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for adult
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- بالغ, راشدArabic
- пълнолетен, за възрастни, възрастенBulgarian
- adultCatalan, Valencian
- erwachsen, Erwachsener, ErwachseneGerman
- adulto, adultaSpanish
- מבוגר, מבוגרתHebrew
- հասուն, մեծահասակ, չափահասArmenian
- adulta, adultoItalian
- 成人, 大人Japanese
- 다 자란, 성인의, 成人, 어른, 성인Korean
- pieaugušais, pieaudzisLatvian
- pakeke, kātuaMāori
- dorosły, dorosłaPolish
- adult, adultăRomanian
- взро́слый, для взрослыхRussian
- одрастао, пунолетан, odrastao, punoletan, пунољетство, punoljetstvoSerbo-Croatian
- වැඩිහිටියාSinhala, Sinhalese
- vuxen-, vuxenSwedish
- mtu mzimaSwahili
- yetişkin, erginTurkish
- người lớnVietnamese
Get even more translations for adult »
Find a translation for the adult definition in other languages:
Select another language: