a·dult (ə-dŭlt, ădŭlt)
1. One who has attained maturity or legal age.
2. Biology A fully grown, mature organism.
1. Fully developed and mature.
2. Relating to, intended for, or befitting adults: adult education.
3. Containing or dealing in explicitly sexual material; pornographic: adult movies.
[From Latin adultus, past participle of adolēscere, to grow up; see ADOLESCENT.]
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