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.
She wants a year of coming of age, and if you plucked up a spirit she needn't want a month of being married.
It was an uncomfortable consideration on a twenty-first birthday, that coming of age at all seemed hardly worth while in such a guarded and suspicious world as he made of it.
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.
A three-year research project culminating in a February 2014 international symposium in Vienna generated 13 papers on coming of age in medieval Byzantium.
Coming of Age Day is a tradition that dates back to the 700s, though it only became official in the 1940s.