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Comparison of usage frequency between the noun adult and its most common antonym:


The word adult and its family (adulthood, adults) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun adult

What does adult mean as a name of something?

Adult is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: adults

  1. a fully developed person from maturity onward
  2. any mature animal

Alternative definition of the noun adult


  1. A fully grown human or animal.
  2. A person who lives outside the parental home.
  3. (improper usage) A person whose parents are deceased.

Definition of the adjective adult

What does adult mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more adult / most adult

  1. (of animals) fully developed
  2. designed to arouse lust

Alternative definition of the adjective adult


  1. Of a human or animal, fully grown.
  2. Intended for adults rather than children.
  3. Containing material or concerning subjects unsuitable (especially sexually) for children


  1. Adult: ADULT. is an American band from Detroit, Michigan that integrates vocals with drum machines, analog synths and electronic/punk elements. While popular in their home city of Detroit, they are also very popular in Germany and the United Kingdom.
  2. adult a.k.a. Traudl Kulikowski is an actress.


Adult a.k.a. Angelo Torancelli is a fictional character from the 2008 film Miracle at St. Anna.


"Adult", a.k.a. Otona is the second studio album by Japanese alternative rock band Tokyo Jihen, released on January 25, 2006 in Japan through Toshiba EMI/ Virgin Music. The album was produced by the band and Japanese recording engineer Uni Inoue. The album reached number one on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart on February 6, 2006.


ADULT is an Aviation waypoint.


Adult a.k.a. Pornographic film: Pornographic films or sex films are films that present sexually explicit subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal and erotic satisfaction of the viewer. Pornographic films present sexual fantasies and usually include erotically stimulating material such as nudity. A distinction is often made between erotic films and pornographic films on the basis that the latter contain more explicit sexuality and usually do not claim any artistic merit, or aesthetic appeal.

Phrases with Adult

  1. adult body
  2. adult male
  3. Adult Movie
  4. adult tooth
  5. adult female
  6. Adult Content
  7. adult education
  8. adult male body
  9. adult female body
  10. adult intelligence
  11. adult-onset diabetes
  12. Adult Third Culture Kid
  13. Adult Third Culture Kids
  14. adult-onset diabetes mellitus
  15. adult respiratory distress syndrome
  16. Young Adult

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Adult

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Google previewAn International Dictionary of Adult and Continuing Education (2012)

by Peter Jarvis

An adult educator who employs andragogic methods in the teaching and learning transaction.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration (2010)

by Wang, Victor C. X.

Adult. Education. Theory. Building. Judith Parker Columbia University, USA ABSTRACT Communication technology has influenced every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Yet, much of the literature on this influence focuses on the ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Unlike children, adult learners have established ways of doing and thinking. More self-reliant and preoccupied with responsibilities and time constraints, they come with prior knowledge and specific goals, making strategic decisions about ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2011)

Volume 17: Education by Clarence L. Mohr

For example, South Carolina during 2002–3 had 80,000 adult learners in its Adult Education and Literacy program. The state realizes that the economy depends upon an adequate pool of educated, well-trained workers. ABBOTT L. FERRISS ...

Google previewHIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations, Third Edition (2013)


Credential Full Name Organization Acronym Organization Full Name ACNP Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center ACNS Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist ANCC American Nurses Credentialing ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of the Muslim World (2011)

by Marshall Cavendish Reference

percent Adult literacy 98.4 percent Languages Arabic nearly 100 percent Armenian and other KUWAIT ...

Google previewAbbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition (2001)

by Dean A. Stahl, Karen Landen

young adult YA Yasser Arafat; Young Adults; Youth Aliyah; Youth Authority Y/A York-Antwerp Rules YAA Yachtsmen's Association of America YAAP Young Americans Against Pollution YABA Yacht Architects and Brokers Association yac ...

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Quotes about Adult

And we lost a lot because of that, and I think this is future gymnastics to separate ages. Because kids can do it more than adult. A woman and adult woman can show more than the small kids. (Olga Korbut)
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Scrabble value of A1D2U1L1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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