youth; the age of youthful vigour or early manhood ... 1541 obs. rare
from Latin juventūs, -tūt-em (the age of youth), from juvenis (a young person)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1541 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Ages ve foure.Adolescency
to .xxv. yeres, hotte and moyst, in the whiche tyme the body groweth.
vnto .xl. yeres, hotte and dry, wherin the body is in perfyte growthe.
vnto .lx. yeres colde and drie, wherin the bodye be∣gynneth to decreace.
vntil the last time of lyfe, accidently moist, but na¦turally colde & drye, wherin the powers and strength of the bo∣dy be more and more minished..."
From: The Castel of Helthe Gathered, and made by Syr Thomas Elyot knight, out of the chief authors of Phisyke; whereby euery man may knowe the state of his owne body, the preseruation of helthe, and how to instruct well his phisition in sicknes, that he be not deceyued.
- Thomas Elyot