I. adjective Etymology: French or Latin; French juvénile, from Latin juvenilis, from juvenis young person — more at young Date: 1625 1. a. physiologically immature or undeveloped ; young b. derived from sources within the earth and coming to the surface for the first time — used especially of water and gas 2. of, relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for children or young people <
juvenile books
3. reflecting psychological or intellectual immaturity ; childish II. noun Date: 1733 1. a. a young person ; youth b. a book for children or young people 2. a young individual resembling an adult of its kind except in size and reproductive activity: as a. a fledged bird not yet in adult plumage b. a 2-year-old racehorse 3. an actor or actress who plays youthful parts

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  • juvénile — [ ʒyvenil ] adj. • v. 1460; juvenil v. 1112; lat. juvenilis 1 ♦ Qui est propre à la jeunesse. ⇒ jeune. Fraîcheur, grâce juvénile. Air, sourire juvénile. « Tout était juvénile sur ces visages : la roseur de la joue [...] l œil frais » (Martin du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Juvenile — Datos generales Nacimiento 26 de Marzo, 1975 (35 años) Origen Nueva Orleans, Luisiana, Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Juvenile — may refer to: * A juvenile (organism) is an individual organism after birth (hatching, germination, etc .), but has not yet reached its adult form, maturity or size. * juvenile (law), a legal term referring to a minor * Juvenile fiction, a term… …   Wikipedia

  • juvenile — ju·ve·nile / jü və ˌnīl, nəl/ n: an individual who is under an age fixed by law (as 18 years) at which he or she would be charged as an adult for a criminal act compare minor Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Juvenile — Ju ve*nile (?; 277), a. [L. juvenilis, from juvenis young; akin to E. young: cf. F. juv[ e]nile, juv[ e]nil. See {Young}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Young; youthful; as, a juvenile appearance. A juvenile exercitation. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Juvenile — Naissance 25 mars 1975, Nouvelle Orleans, États Unis Pays d’origine  États Unis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • juvenile — (adj.) 1620s, from L. iuvenilis of or belonging to youth, from iuvenis young person, originally young (Cf. Fr. jeune; see YOUNG (Cf. young)). Juvenile delinquency first recorded 1816; Juvenile delinquent the following year …   Etymology dictionary

  • juvenile — has a neutral meaning ‘relating to or associated with young people’ (juvenile crime) and a derogatory meaning ‘immature’ (Behaving in a juvenile way) …   Modern English usage

  • juvenile — [adj] childish adolescent, babyish, beardless, blooming, boyish, budding, callow, childlike, developing, formative, fresh, girlish, green, growing, immature, inexperienced, infant, infantile, jejune, junior, kid stuff*, milk fed*, naive,… …   New thesaurus

  • Juvenile — Ju ve*nile, n. A young person or youth; used sportively or familiarly. C. Bront[ e]. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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