I. adjective Etymology: Latin adultus, past participle of adolescere to grow up, from ad- + -olescere (from alescere to grow) — more at old Date: 1531 1. fully developed and mature ; grown-up 2. of, relating to, intended for, or befitting adults <
an adult approach to a problem
3. dealing in or with explicitly sexual material <
adult bookstores
adult movies
adulthood nounadultly adverbadultness noun II. noun Date: 1658 one that is adult; especially a human being after an age (as 21) specified by law • adultlike adjective

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  • adult — adụlt 〈Adj.〉 erwachsen, geschlechtsreif [<lat. adultus, Part. Perf. von adolescere „heranwachsen“] * * * adụlt <Adj.> [zu lat. adultum, 2. Part. von: adulescere (adolescere), ↑ adoleszent] (Med.): ↑ 2erwachsen (2); geschlechtsreif. * *… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Adult — 〈[æ̣dʌlt] m. 6〉 Erwachsene(r) [engl.] * * * adụlt <Adj.> [zu lat. adultum, 2. Part. von: adulescere (adolescere), ↑ adoleszent] (Med.): ↑ 2erwachsen (2); geschlechtsreif. * * * I …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Adult — A*dult , n. A person, animal, or plant grown to full size and strength; one who has reached maturity. [1913 Webster] Note: In the common law, the term is applied to a person who has attained full age or legal majority; in the civil law, to males… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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