having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature:
an adult person, animal, or plant.
of, relating to, or befitting adults.
intended for adults; not suitable for children:
adult entertainment.
a person who is fully grown or developed or of age.
a full-grown animal or plant.
a person who has attained the age of maturity as specified by law.
historical examples

by the end of the 4th week the young, except for size, are adultlike and capable of independent existence.
north american jumping mice (genus zapus) philip h. krutzsch

having reached maturity; fully developed
of or intended for mature people: adult education
regarded as suitable only for adults, because of being p-rnographic: adult films and magazines
a person who has attained maturity; a grownup
a mature fully grown animal or plant
(law) a person who has attained the age of legal majority (18 years for most purposes) compare infant

1530s (but not common until mid-17c.), from latin adultus “grown up, mature, adult, ripe,” past participle of adolescere “grow up, mature” (see adolescent). as a euphemism for “p-rnographic,” it dates to 1958 and does no honor to the word.

“adult person,” 1650s, from adult (adj.).

adult a·dult (ə-dŭlt’, ād’ŭlt)

one who has attained maturity or legal age.

a fully grown, mature organism.

fully developed and mature.


euphemistically meaning unsuitable for children: adult entertainment (1950s+)

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