• (RP) IPA: /ˈdʒuːvənaɪl/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈdʒuːvənaɪl/, /ˈdʒuːvənəl/


  1. Young; not fully developed#Adjective|developed.
  2. Characteristic of youth or immaturity; childish.
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juvenile (plural juveniles)

  1. A prepubescent child.
  2. A person younger than the age of majority; a minor#Noun|minor.
  3. (criminal law) A person younger than the age#Noun|age of full criminal#Adjective|criminal responsibility, such that the person either cannot be hold#Verb|held criminally liable or is subject#Verb|subject to less severe forms of punishment.
  4. (literature) A publication for young adult readers.
  5. (theater) An actor play#Verb|playing a child's role.
  6. (zoology) A sexually immature animal.
  7. A two-year-old racehorse.
    • 1972, Edward Samuel Montgomery, The Thoroughbred (page 449)
      Even more incredible is the legion of two-year-olds who win handsomely as juveniles and then disappear from the racetrack.
    • 2005, Ken McLean, Designing Speed in the Racehorse (page 206)
      Professional trainers foster young horses with obvious potential. Instance the way Sir Michael Stoute uses patience to bring along his two-year-old colts and fillies at Newmarket, or the careful approach taken with juveniles by that wonderful conditioner Charlie Whittingham in California.
    • 2012, Encyclopedia of British Horse Racing (page 6)
      Thereafter, males aged two to four are colts, females are fillies, racing two-year-olds are sometimes referred to as juveniles, and animals still running at five, the age of thoroughbred maturity, or older, are horses or mares according to gender.
  • (person younger than age of majority) infant (dated), juvie (colloquial)

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