A youthful person; SYN. juvenile person.
Legal term for those under the age of majority, which varies from country to country but is usually between 18 and 21. In the US (from 1971 for voting, and in some states for nearly all other purposes) and certain European countries (in Britain since 1970) the age of majority is 18.
Most civic and legal rights and duties only accrue at the age of majority: for example, the rights to vote, to make a will, and (usually) to make a fully binding contract, and the duty to act as a juror.
ETYM AS. weard, fem., guard, weard, masc., keeper, guard.
1. A district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections.
2. A division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care; SYN. hospital ward.
3. A person who is under the protection or in the custody of another.