What does adult mean?

Definitions for adult
əˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌltadult

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. adult(Noun)

    A fully grown human or animal.

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

  2. adult(Noun)

    A person who lives outside the parental home.

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

  3. adult(Noun)

    A person whose parents are deceased.

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

  4. adult(Adjective)

    Of a human or animal, fully grown.

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

  5. adult(Adjective)

    Intended for adults rather than children.

    adult clothes

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

  6. adult(Adjective)

    Containing material of an explicit sexual nature

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

Wikipedia

  1. Adult

    Biologically, an adult is a human or other organism that has reached sexual maturity. In human context, the term adult additionally has meanings associated with social and legal concepts. In contrast to a "minor", a legal adult is a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient, and responsible. The typical age of attaining legal adulthood is 18, although definition may vary by legal rights and country. 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 an adult character. In different cultures there are events that relate passing from being a child to becoming an adult or coming of age. This often encompasses the 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.

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

    Etymology: [L. adultus, p. p. of adolescere, akin to alere to nourish: cf. F. adulte. See Adolescent, Old.]

  2. Adult(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. adultus, p. p. of adolescere, akin to alere to nourish: cf. F. adulte. See Adolescent, Old.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adult

    ad-ult′, adj. grown: mature.—n. a grown-up person.—n. Adult′ness. [L. adultusadolescĕre, to grow. See Adolescent.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. adult

    A person of a known specific age defined in legislation.

    In some countries the defined legal age of an adult is 16, in other countries it is 18.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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

How to pronounce adult?

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How to say adult in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adult in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of adult in a Sentence

  1. Katherine Mansfield:

    By health I mean the power to live a full, adult, living, breathing life in close contact with... the earth and the wonders thereof - the sea - the sun.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    A wise loves to remain a child all through his life while a wicked likes to be regarded always as an adult , and so both persons' character reflects out in their own attitude and behaviour towards the people.

  3. Teresa Downing-Matibag:

    Dressing girls like grown women for Halloween communicates that they have the sexuality of adults, in the bodies of children, while little girls themselves likely have very little awareness of adult or even adolescent sexuality, or what sex is really about, the adults who are seeing them on the streets do. We are also communicating to adults that little girls are sexually appealing, and this message has tragic implications for their vulnerability to sexual abuse.

  4. Melania Trump:

    We are both very independent -- I let him be who he is and he let me be who I am, i don't try to change him. He's an adult. He knows the consequences and so I let him be who he is. I give him my opinions, many, many times.

  5. Matt Hennessy:

    I had many reasons to be very fearful of coming forward as a student and in the years after being a graduate student... but I realized that by letting go of that fear Im getting my life back. david Daniels -LSB- and Scott Walters -LSB- right -RSB- are innocent of any wrongdoing, Matt Hennessy told NPR in a statement. Samuel Schultz is not Samuel Schultz. Samuel Schultz never would have gotten this much attention from Samuel Schultz singing, and Samuel Schultz knows and resents that fact. Samuel Schultz waited eight years to complain about adult, consensual sex to ride the MeToo movement to unearned celebrity. We will fight this.

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