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noun (1)

: a teenage person : teenager
teen adjective


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noun (2)


Examples of teen in a Sentence

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Walton County Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. told reporters that officials ordered beaches to be closed after the first incident, however, the order was not fully enacted in time before the teens were attacked. Victoria Arancio, ABC News, 8 June 2024 Meanwhile, the slithering skinny teen put up 46 goals and 110 points as a WHA rookie. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 8 June 2024 An Oklahoma teen who was vacationing with her family in Galveston, Texas, survived a shark attack by literally taking matters into her own hands and throwing a punch. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 7 June 2024 Sandoval also faces a civil lawsuit in connection with the case, filed in August 2023 by the California teen. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for teen 

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Word History


Noun (2)

Middle English tene, from Old English tēona injury, grief; akin to Old Norse tjōn loss, damage

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1818, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teen was in the 13th century

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“Teen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teen. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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