An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (adulto)
a. grown-up
El hijo de María está muy mocito. ¡Parece que fue ayer cuando aprendió a hablar!Maria's son is very grown-up. It seems like it was only yesterday that he learned how to talk!
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (young person)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Las mocitas de Manuel ya tienen novios.Manuel's young daughters already have boyfriends.
Cuando yo era un mocito era muy guapo.When I was a youngster I used to be very handsome.
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mocitoa mocita
very young
Mocito, déme el abrigo mocita dame el clavel.... (canción popular)
mocitas casaderas girls of marriageable age; está hecha una mocita she's a very grown-up young lady
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