juvenile[jo̵̅o̅′və nīl′, -nəl]
- The definition of juvenile is something having to do with children or young people.
- An example of juvenile is a detention center for criminals under 18.
- An example of juvenile is a game that is intended for young kids.
- Juvenile is defined as someone who is still a child.
An example of juvenile is a ten year old girl.
A juvenile Halloween party.
- young or youthful
- immature or childish
- of, characteristic of, or suitable for children or young persons
- Geol. emanating from the interior of the earth for the first time: said of gas, water, etc.
Origin of juvenileClassical Latin juvenilis ; from juvenis, young
- a young person; child or youth
- an actor who plays youthful roles
- ☆ a book for young people
- a two-year-old race horse
- Biol. a young plant or animal differing variously in form, features, etc. from the adult
- a. Not fully grown or developed; young.b. Of or characteristic of a young animal that has not reached sexual maturity: a bird still in juvenile plumage.
- Characteristic of, intended for, or appropriate for children or young people: juvenile fashions.
- Marked by immaturity; childish: juvenile behavior. See Synonyms at young.
- Geology Relating to or being water, gas, or a mineral-rich fluid believed to have originated from magma and to have come to the earth's surface for the first time.
- a. A young person; a child.b. A young animal that has not reached sexual maturity.c. A two-year-old racehorse.
- An actor who plays roles of children or young persons.
- A children's book.
Origin of juvenileLatin iuvenīlis, from iuvenis, young; see yeu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more juvenile, superlative most juvenile)
Latin iuvenilis, from iuvenis (“young”)