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youth

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noun, often attributive \ˈyüth\

Simple Definition of youth

  • : the time of life when someone is young : the time when a young person has not yet become an adult

  • : the time when something is new and not yet established

  • : a teenage boy or young man

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of youth

plural

youths

play \ˈyüthz, ˈyüths\
  1. 1 a :  the time of life when one is young; especially :  the period between childhood and maturity b :  the early period of existence, growth, or development

  2. 2 a :  a young person; especially :  a young male between adolescence and maturity b :  young persons or creatures —usually plural in construction

  3. 3 :  the quality or state of being youthful :  youthfulness

Examples of youth in a sentence

  1. She had a troubled youth.

  2. He spent his youth in the Midwest.

  3. He got into a lot of trouble in his youth.

  4. a generation trying to recapture lost youth

  5. when the industry was still in its youth

  6. Four youths are suspected of starting the fire.



Origin and Etymology of youth

Middle English youthe, from Old English geoguth; akin to Old English geong young — more at young


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with youth



YOUTH Defined for Kids

youth

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noun \ˈyüth\

Definition of youth for Students

plural

youths

\ˈyüthz, ˈyüths\
  1. 1 :  the time of life between being a child and an adult <He spent his youth in Europe.>

  2. 2 :  a young man <an imaginative youth>

  3. 3 :  young people <the youth of today>

  4. 4 :  the quality or state of being young <Her youth proved to be an advantage.>





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