1. pubert- + -y.
2. => age of maturity, manhood.
- puberty:  Latin pūber denoted ‘adult’, and hence, by implication, ‘covered in hair’. Both strands of meaning have followed the word into English: ‘adulthood’ by way of the derivative pūbertās, source of English puberty, and ‘hairiness’ in pubescent , which means ‘downy’ as well as ‘having reached puberty’. And the two are combined in pubic ‘relating to the region of the groin where hair begins to grow at puberty’ .
- puberty (n.)
- "the time of life in which the two sexes begin first to be acquainted" [Johnson], late 14c., from Old French puberté and directly from Latin pubertatem (nominative pubertas) "age of maturity, manhood," from pubes (genitive pubertis) "adult, full-grown, manly." Related: Puberal; pubertal.
- 1. The figure of a girl fills out at puberty.
- 2. The boy's voice is beginning to crack at the age of puberty.
- 3. You reach puberty in your teens.
- 4. He reached puberty at the age of fourteen.
- 5. The body undergoes many changes during puberty.
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