coming of age


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coming of age

n
1. the moment when a person or thing reaches an important stage of development
2.
a. the time when a person reaches legal adulthood
b. (as modifier): a coming-of-age ceremony.
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The son, a steady respectable young man, was amply provided for by the fortune of his mother, which had been large, and half of which devolved on him on his coming of age.
He had only himself to please in his choice: his fortune was his own; for as to Frank, it was more than being tacitly brought up as his uncle's heir, it had become so avowed an adoption as to have him assume the name of Churchill on coming of age.
I explained to her the object of a marriage-settlement, and then told her exactly what her prospects were--in the first place, on her coming of age, and in the second place, on the decease of her uncle--marking the distinction between the property in which she had a life-interest only, and the property which was left at her own control.
This,' he said, 'is a copy of the will of Madeline's maternal grandfather, bequeathing her the sum of twelve thousand pounds, payable either upon her coming of age or marrying.
He felt sure it would be a fine day for everybody about Hayslope when the young squire came into the estate--such a generous open- hearted disposition as he had, and an "uncommon" notion about improvements and repairs, considering he was only just coming of age.
It was the beginning of my real life, my coming of age as it were, and entering into my kingdom.
One thousand guineas to the youngest daughter her patron might have at fifty, or (if he had none) brother's youngest daughter, on her coming of age, "as the remembrance his disinterestedness may like best, of his protection of a friendless young orphan girl.
For, while he was but too ready to accept the position that was almost immediately offered to him on his coming of age, and found, indeed, a subtle pleasure in the thought that he might really become to the London of his own day what to imperial Neronian Rome the author of the Satyricon once had been, yet in his inmost heart he desired to be something more than a mere arbiter elegantiarum, to be consulted on the wearing of a jewel, or the knotting of a necktie, or the conduct of a cane.
Jobling adds in a pleasant humour that he is coming of age fast.
I will put those two little ones and Polenka into some good orphan asylum, and I will settle fifteen hundred roubles to be paid to each on coming of age, so that Sofya Semyonovna need have no anxiety about them.
Critique: Exceptionally well written from beginning to end, "Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance" reads like a best-seller novel but is a true life memoir of a remarkable man who lived in horrific times and came through them to create a successful life despite what he had to overcome--or perhaps because of it
MAGICAL ERA: The Coming of Age at the Ace Cafe exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum