juvenile delinquent

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 1 04:30:36 UTC 2001

On Sun, 31 Dec 2000, Tim Frazer wrote:

> What is the earliest citation anyone can give me of "juvenile delinquent"?
> I am guessing late 1940s, but I want to be on firmer ground.

The OED has 1817 as its earliest citation, but law is not one of the OED's
stronger areas, so it probably goes back to the 1700s.

Fred Shapiro

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