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Meaning of juvenile

ju•ve•nile

Pronunciation: ( j'vu-nl, -nīl"), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable or intended for young persons: juvenile books.
  2. young; youthful: juvenile years.
  3. immature; childish; infantile: His juvenile tantrums are not in keeping with his age.
—n.
  1. a young person; youth.
    1. a youthful male or female role.
    2. an actor or actress who plays such parts.
  2. a book for children.
  3. a young bird in the stage when it has fledged, if altricial, or has replaced down of hatching, if precocial.
  4. a two-year-old racehorse.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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