Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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age of consent the age at which a person, usu. female, is legally considered to be competent to consent to sexual relations, used as a standard in determining whether statutory rape has occurred.
age of majority the age at which a person is granted by law the rights and responsibilities of an adult, such as liability under contract and the right to sue.
age-appropriate suitable or proper for a person of a particular, specified age.
age-old as old as the ages; ancient.
atomic age (often cap.) the period in history characterized by the development and use of atomic energy in the generation of electrical power and for immensely destructive weapons.
Bronze Age the stage or level of development of human culture that followed the Stone Age and was characterized by the use of bronze tools and weapons; about 3,500 B.C. to 1,000 B.C.
coming-of-age arrival at maturity, prominence, or respectability.
Gilded Age in U.S. history, the post-Civil War era, characterized by rapid industrialization, economic expansion, and widespread corruption in business and government.
golden age (sometimes cap.) in Greek and Roman mythology, the first age of humans, in which people lived peacefully, prosperously, and innocently. [3 definitions]
ice age any part of geological time when glaciers covered large parts of the earth; glacial epoch. [2 definitions]
Iron Age the stage or level of development of human culture that followed the Bronze Age and that was characterized by the use of iron tools and weapons, beginning about 1000 B.C.
mental age an individual's mental ability, measured in terms of the chronological age at which an average person would attain that level of intelligence.
middle age the period of human life between youth and old age, esp. the years between forty and sixty-five.
old age the final stage of life, considered in humans to begin at about age sixty-five, characterized by a decline in health and vigor.
old age pension (chiefly British) money that an old person receives from the government when he or she is no longer able to work. (Cf. social security.)
old age pensioner (chiefly British) someone who is too old to work and who receives an old age pension; senior citizen.
school age the age when a child is able or legally required to attend school.
Space Age (often l.c.) the period characterized by the exploration of space by manned and unmanned spacecraft, regarded as having begun on October 4, 1957, with the launching of the first sputnik.
Stone Age the stage or level of the development of human culture that was characterized by the use of stone tools and weapons, dating from about two million B.C. to about 3,500 B.C., and divided into the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods.