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English definition of “coming of age”

coming of age

noun [S]    
Someone's coming of age is the time when that person legally becomes an adult and is old enough to vote .Stages of life the time when something starts to become successful : the coming of age of democracy in the country Turning points and deciding moments coming-of-age     adjective [before noun] done to celebrate the fact that someone is legally an adult and old enough to vote : a coming-of-age party Celebrations, parties and special occasionsSpecific holidays and festivals
(Definition of coming of age noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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