teen·​ag·​er ˈtēn-ˌā-jər How to pronounce teenager (audio)
plural teenagers
: someone who is between 13 and 19 years old
He began singing as a teenager.
Most teenagers firmly believe they have the most embarrassing parents in the world.Allison Pearson
It's been a tumultuous summer for America's hottest and fastest-growing social media app, one that's particularly popular with teenagers.Scott Nover

Examples of teenager in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the local teenagers, a girl named Lucy, has died by falling from a roof during a party. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 8 May 2024 His family moved frequently before settling in Missoula, Montana, where Albini discovered the Ramones as a teenager. Jem Aswad, Variety, 8 May 2024 All of this comes from someone who fell in love with weather as a teenager who became fascinated with Minnesota’s summer thunderstorms. Steve Lyttle, Charlotte Observer, 8 May 2024 Some of the teenagers appeared to be unaccompanied minors traveling without their parents. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 7 May 2024 Half of the teenagers were trained by their teachers to direct their attention to the present moment — breathing, physical sensations or everyday activities — in 10 lessons of 30 to 50 minutes apiece. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 6 May 2024 And then, just months after graduation, the Oklahoma teenager’s body was found on the side of Highway 81. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Drone footage from the front of the boat shows the teenagers laughing and waving. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 3 May 2024 The teenagers decided to focus on food waste, which generates greenhouse gasses and ultimately contributes to global warming. Mathew Miranda, Sacramento Bee, 3 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teenager was in 1913

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“Teenager.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teenager. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a person in his or her teens
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