Juvenile definition

jo͝ovə-nīl, -nəl
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Characteristic of, intended for, or appropriate for children or young people.

Juvenile fashions.

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Marked by immaturity; childish.

Juvenile behavior.

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An actor who plays roles of children or young persons.
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A young person; child or youth.
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An actor who plays youthful roles.
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(biol.) A young plant or animal differing variously in form, features, etc. from the adult.
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A two-year-old racehorse.
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Of, characteristic of, or suitable for children or young persons.
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A book for young people.
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A two-year-old race horse.
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Relating to or characteristic of a young animal that has not reached sexual maturity.

A bird still in juvenile plumage.

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A young person; a child.
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A young animal that has not reached sexual maturity.
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Not fully grown or developed; young.
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Juvenile is defined as someone who is still a child.

An example of juvenile is a ten year old girl.

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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.

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(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.
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Not fully grown or developed; young.
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Of or characteristic of a young animal that has not reached sexual maturity.

A bird still in juvenile plumage.

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A children's book.
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A young person; a child.
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A young animal that has not reached sexual maturity.
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A two-year-old racehorse.
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(geol.) Emanating from the interior of the earth for the first time: said of gas, water, etc.
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Young or youthful.
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Immature or childish.
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Young; not fully developed.
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Characteristic of youth or immaturity; childish.
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A person not legally of age, or who is younger than may be charged with an offence.
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An animal that is not sexually mature.
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An actor playing a child's role.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
juvenile
Plural:
juveniles

Origin of juvenile

  • Latin iuvenīlis from iuvenis young yeu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin iuvenilis, from iuvenis (“young”)

    From Wiktionary