• (RP, Canada) IPA: /ˈæd.ʌlt/, /ˈæd.əlt/
  • (America, Canada) IPA: /əˈdʌlt/, /ˈæd.əlt/

adult (plural adults)

  1. A fully grown human or animal.
  2. A person who has reached the legal age of majority.
Synonyms Translations Adjective


  1. Fully grown.
    an adult human, animal, or plant
  2. Intended for or restricted to adults rather than children.
    adult clothes
    • 1973, Marshall Kaplan, Gans, and Kahn, Children and the urban environment (page 21)
      In May 1967 the WGBH Education Division submitted an initial proposal to HUD for a series of four adult television documentaries on conservation in an urban environment.
  3. Containing material of an explicit sexual nature; of, or pertaining to, pornography.
    an adult movie
    This program contains adult content. Parental discretion is advised.
  4. Vulgar or profane.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • Italian: per adulti
  • Russian: для взрослый

adult (adults, present participle adulting; past and past participle adulted) (transitive)

  1. (nonstandard, rare) To (cause to) be or become an adult.
    • 1974, Occasional Papers (Syracuse University), issues 42-46, page 5:
      Womanhood was achieved at twenty-one, when the female was "adulted"; manhood was fully achieved at twenty-five, […]
  2. (informal) To behave like an adult.

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