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[joo-vuh-nil-ee-uh, -nil-yuh] /ˌdʒu vəˈnɪl i ə, -ˈnɪl yə/
plural noun
works, especially writings, produced in one's youth:
His juvenilia were more successful than his mature writings.
literary or artistic productions suitable or designed for the young:
publishers of juvenilia.
1615-25; < Latin, noun use of neuter plural of juvenīlis juvenile Unabridged
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  • At best their movie was a curiosity, a freakish piece of juvenilia, and they were glad to be finished with it.
British Dictionary definitions for juvenilia


plural noun
works of art, literature, or music produced in youth or adolescence, before the artist, author, or composer has formed a mature style
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, literally: youthful things; see juvenile
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Word Origin and History for juvenilia

"works of a person's youth," 1620s, from Latin iuvenilia, neuter plural of iuvenilis (see juvenile).

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juvenilia in Culture
juvenilia [(jooh-vuh-nil-ee-uh)]

Works produced in childhood or youth, particularly written or artistic works.

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