adult Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “adult” in the English Dictionary

"adult" in British English

See all translations

adultnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈæd.ʌlt/ /əˈdʌlt/
A1 a ​person or ​animal that has ​grown to ​fullsize and ​strength: An adult under ​Englishlaw is someone over 18 ​yearsold. Adults ​pay an ​admissioncharge but ​children get in ​free.
More examples

adultadjective

uk   us   /ˈæd.ʌlt/ /əˈdʌlt/
A2 grown to ​fullsize and ​strength: an adult ​male/​elephant She ​spent most of her adult life in ​prison. typical of or ​suitable for adults: Let's ​try to be adult about this. Adult ​films, ​magazines, and ​books show ​nakedpeople and ​sexualacts and are not for ​children.
(Definition of adult from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adult" in American English

See all translations

adultadjective

 us   /əˈdʌlt, ˈæd·ʌlt/
grown to ​fullsize and ​strength: More than ​half of adult ​Americans are ​consideredoverweight. Adult also ​meanssuitable for ​grownpeople and not ​children: It’s a ​kids’ show, but they ​sneak in some adult ​humor. Adult ​movies, ​magazines, ​shows, and ​booksincludecontent that is ​intended for adults only.
adult
noun [C]  us   /əˈdʌlt, ˈæd·ʌlt/
We ​invited only adults to the ​wedding.
adulthood
noun [U]  us   /əˈdʌltˌhʊd/
When she ​reached adulthood, she moved away.
(Definition of adult from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of adult?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More