- A young person aged between puberty and adulthood.
- A young person who is developing from a child into an adult.
Early 17th century: from latin adolescent- "growing up", from the verb adolescere, from ad- "to" + alescere "grow".
- Adolescents often have difficulty communicating with their parents.
- He is going through the difficult adolescent stage.
- She is an adolescent girl.
- Adolescent boys are often very active.
- The adolescent years are a time of rapid physical and emotional change.