teen·​age | \ ˈtēn-ˌāj How to pronounce teenage (audio) \
variants: or teenaged \ ˈtēn-​ˌājd How to pronounce teenaged (audio) \

Definition of teenage

: of, being, or relating to people in their teens

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teenager \ ˈtēn-​ˌā-​jər How to pronounce teenager (audio) \ noun

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Excluding birth defects, the main causes of infant mortality are prematurity and low birth weight, which are usually due to smoking and teenage pregnancy. WSJ, "Comparing U.S. and Canadian Health Data," 29 Apr. 2019 Stephanie dazzles in the role, bringing to life the quirky teenage girl whose wardrobe is practically a Lisa Frank explosion. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Stephanie Hsu Is Using the Zany, Magic Power of "Be More Chill" to Transform Broadway," 24 Apr. 2019 Candles flickered and balloons waved in the wind as family and friends gathered in memory of Eveona Cortez and Elizabeth Juarez, teenage girls gunned down at an apartment complex in Burien one year ago Thursday. Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times, "Remembering two young lives lost in Burien," 30 Mar. 2019 The couple has four teenage children, three boys and one girl. Laura Stevens And Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Bezos Divorce Clouds His Stake in Amazon," 9 Jan. 2019 Even better: Send one anonymously to their teenage children. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova On Her New Guide To Activism, Raising The Next President Of Russia, And Her "Holy War" On Fairy Tales," 12 Oct. 2018 The couple was so loyal that on Oct. 11, 2015, their dedication drove them to attack their teenage children. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Leaving a Cult: Former Members Reveal Inner Workings of Church Whose Members Attacked 2 Teens," 16 June 2018 When a widowed English piano teacher and an American obstetrician fall in love in North London, their blossoming romance faces just one hurdle: their teenage children, who can’t stand each other. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Why Buddhism Is True,’ ‘The End of Eddy’," 15 June 2018 Sarah Jane Smith, a teenage Confederate spy, had gathered intelligence that allowed Southern forces to surprise and kill two dozen Union cavalrymen in southeast Missouri. Kelly Scott Franklin, WSJ, "‘Women’s War’ Review: The Battle Seen From Both Sides," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of teenage

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of teenage was in 1912

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English Language Learners Definition of teenage

: between 13 and 19 years old
: relating to people who are between 13 and 19 years old


teen·​age | \ ˈtēn-ˌāj How to pronounce teenage (audio) \
variants: or teenaged \ -​ˌājd \

Kids Definition of teenage

: being or relating to teenagers teenage styles

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a strong desire or propensity

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