plural noun
\ ˈtēnz How to pronounce teens (audio) \

Definition of teens

: 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 Anxiety and depression in teens have doubled during the pandemic, according to a 2021 study in the Pediatrics Journal of the American Medical Association. Janice Neumann, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 Then, in the late teens, practical Tevas started showing up on typically much better-heeled feet. Abigail Barronian, Outside Online, 26 Apr. 2022 Gender-altering surgery in teens is less common than hormone treatment, but many centers hesitate to give exact numbers. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 The state spends $13 million a year to operate the 144-bed Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester, although the typical population is about a dozen teens. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 In 2020, at least four of the 711 fatalities were teens. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 Of the 40 homicides this year in Jefferson County, nine have been teens. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 30 Mar. 2022 Of those killed, three have been teens and another nine have been in their 20s. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 28 Mar. 2022 When her two daughters — and several foster children — were teens, Bingham returned to college, earning degrees in education. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of teens

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teens

-teen (as in thirteen)

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15 May 2022

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“Teens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teens. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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noun plural
\ ˈtēnz How to pronounce teens (audio) \

Kids Definition of teens

: the years 13 through 19 in a person's life

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