from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The period during which one is legally underage.
- n. A period of immaturity: "The bravest achievements were always accomplished in the nonage of a nation” ( Thomas Paine).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being a minor.
- n. A time of immaturity.
- n. A payment formerly made from to the parish clergy upon the death of a parishioner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ninth part of movable goods, formerly payable to the clergy on the death of persons in their parishes.
- n. Time of life before a person becomes of age; legal immaturity; minority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The period of legal infancy, during which a person is, in the eyes of the law, unable to manage his own affairs; minority. See age, n., 3.
- n. The period of immaturity in general.
- n. A ninth part of movables, which in former times was paid to the English clergy on the death of persons in their parish, and claimed on pretense of being devoted to pious uses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any age prior to the legal age
Middle English nounage, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French nonaage : non-, non- + aage, age; see age.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman nounage, corresponding to non- + age. (Wiktionary)
From Late Latin nonagium, from nōnus ("ninth"). (Wiktionary)