: the numbers 13 to 19 inclusive
specifically : the years 13 to 19 in a lifetime or century

Examples of teens in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For children and teens, growth charts are used to measure normal growth in height and weight. Isabel Vasquez Rd Ldn, Health, 4 Feb. 2023 That’s where parental or caretaker guidance and influence can play an important role for children and teens. Tree Meinch, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2023 In 2020, firearms killed more children and teens than car accidents for the first time, a Post analysis revealed. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2023 However, in the U.S., there were 648 mass shootings in 2022 (defined here as an incident in which more than four people are shot, excluding the shooter), with more than 6,000 children and teens injured or killed in shootings. Kayti Burt, Rolling Stone, 28 Jan. 2023 Overall, the number of U.S. gun deaths soared to records levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, and firearms became the leading cause of death among children and teens. Jayme Fraser, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2023 An article on Saturday about new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics released on how to evaluate and treat overweight or obese children misstated the B.M.I. range for severe obesity in children and teens. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2023 And that means advocating for a world in which, yes, parents have rights – but so do children and teens. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 25 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


-teen (as in thirteen)

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teens was in 1596

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“Teens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teens. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


noun plural
: the numbers 13 through 19
especially : the years 13 through 19 in a lifetime or century
: teenage persons : teenagers

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