come of age

to reach adulthood or maturity


to come of age = mündig werden, erwachsen werden, volljährig werden, die Volljährigkeit erreichen, den Kinderschuhen entwachsen



“Has alcohol-free wine finally COME OF AGE? Demand for low- and no-alcohol wines has rocketed in recent years, and the market is finally rising to the occasion.”

Fiona Beckett - The Guardian (1st July 2022)

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to come of age

- to reach the age when you are legally recognized as an adult

- to become fully established (of a movement or activity)

The Cambridge Dictionary / Oxford Languages


The phrase "to come of age" dates back to the late 16th century. It is used to describe the transition from childhood to adulthood, the moment when a person is recognized by society as being mature enough to take on adult responsibilities.

This phrase is used in both American and British English and may refer to different ages depending on the legal age of majority in a particular country or cultural context. In many western societies, this is typically 18 or 21 years old.


In Jewish tradition, a boy becomes a bar mitzvah ("son of the commandment") at the age of 13 and a girl becomes a bat mitzvah ("daughter of the commandment") at the age of 12. This is when they are considered to have "come of age" and are responsible for their actions. The occasion is often marked with a religious ceremony and celebration.

The ceremonies typically involve the young person reading from the Torah in front of the congregation, symbolizing their new status and responsibilities. This is often followed by a celebration with friends and family.


achieve majority, advance, age, arrive at manhood/womanhood, become an adult (of age), blossom, bloom, COME OF AGE, flower, gain maturity, grow (to maturity), grow up, mature, progress, reach majority (adulthood, one's majority, the age of majority), ripen, spread one’s wings, step into adulthood, turn 18 (21), turn of age

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