Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “adolescence”

See all translations

adolescence

noun [U] uk   /ˌæd.əˈles.əns/ us  
the period of time in a person's life when they are developing into an adult: She had a troubled adolescence. yet another novel about the joys and sorrows of adolescence
Translations of “adolescence”
in Korean 청소년기…
in Arabic فَترة المُراهَقة…
in Portuguese adolescência…
in Catalan adolescència…
in Japanese 思春期, 青年期…
in Italian adolescenza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 青春期, 青春…
in Russian юность…
in Turkish gençlik, buluğ çağı, ergenlik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 青春期, 青春…
in Polish okres dojrzewania…
(Definition of adolescence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of adolescence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “adolescence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More