Juvenile


Juvenile
   Any actor who could play simple, appealing, youthful roles was a juvenile. The juvenile lead was the male version of the ingénue. Child performers who grew a bit long in the tooth might become juveniles and many actors continued in juvenile roles even as they aged. Before child labor laws put an end to the practice, there were touring companies in which all roles were performed by children. The appeal was largely novelty, but economics must also have been a management incentive. For example, in 1885, the very year of the premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Alice Nielsen toured Missouri as Nanki Poo in a juvenile Mikado company.

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  • juvénile — [ ʒyvenil ] adj. • v. 1460; juvenil v. 1112; lat. juvenilis 1 ♦ Qui est propre à la jeunesse. ⇒ jeune. Fraîcheur, grâce juvénile. Air, sourire juvénile. « Tout était juvénile sur ces visages : la roseur de la joue [...] l œil frais » (Martin du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Juvenile — Datos generales Nacimiento 26 de Marzo, 1975 (35 años) Origen Nueva Orleans, Luisiana, Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Juvenile — may refer to: * A juvenile (organism) is an individual organism after birth (hatching, germination, etc .), but has not yet reached its adult form, maturity or size. * juvenile (law), a legal term referring to a minor * Juvenile fiction, a term… …   Wikipedia

  • juvenile — ju·ve·nile / jü və ˌnīl, nəl/ n: an individual who is under an age fixed by law (as 18 years) at which he or she would be charged as an adult for a criminal act compare minor Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Juvenile — Ju ve*nile (?; 277), a. [L. juvenilis, from juvenis young; akin to E. young: cf. F. juv[ e]nile, juv[ e]nil. See {Young}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Young; youthful; as, a juvenile appearance. A juvenile exercitation. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Juvenile — Naissance 25 mars 1975, Nouvelle Orleans, États Unis Pays d’origine  États Unis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • juvenile — (adj.) 1620s, from L. iuvenilis of or belonging to youth, from iuvenis young person, originally young (Cf. Fr. jeune; see YOUNG (Cf. young)). Juvenile delinquency first recorded 1816; Juvenile delinquent the following year …   Etymology dictionary

  • juvenile — has a neutral meaning ‘relating to or associated with young people’ (juvenile crime) and a derogatory meaning ‘immature’ (Behaving in a juvenile way) …   Modern English usage

  • juvenile — [adj] childish adolescent, babyish, beardless, blooming, boyish, budding, callow, childlike, developing, formative, fresh, girlish, green, growing, immature, inexperienced, infant, infantile, jejune, junior, kid stuff*, milk fed*, naive,… …   New thesaurus

  • Juvenile — Ju ve*nile, n. A young person or youth; used sportively or familiarly. C. Bront[ e]. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • juvenile — *youthful, puerile, boyish, virgin, virginal, maiden Analogous words: immature, unmatured: callow, green, crude (see RUDE) Antonyms: adult: senile Contrasted words: *mature, matured, grown up …   New Dictionary of Synonyms


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