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 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says teens are twice as likely to contract COVID-19 as younger children. al, "When will Alabama children get a COVID-19 vaccine?," 13 Feb. 2021 The song features some pretty pointed lyrics, which some fans believe are about Bassett and a certain blonde singer-actress, and now the teens and tweens are in a tizzy. Gabrielle Sanchez, Vulture, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series:," 1 Feb. 2021 Supporters point to multiple studies that show how brains aren’t fully developed until a person’s mid-20s, and say teens aren’t mature enough to be held as responsible as an adult — no matter what the crime. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "SFPD took murder case to Sacramento, where teen could be tried as an adult," 25 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, the teens have been up to no good digging a giant hole in the yard. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Dickinson Recap: Not All Who Wander Are Lost," 15 Jan. 2021 The unemployment law judge had cited a 1939 state law in ruling that teens were not eligible for any unemployment aid. Star Tribune, "Needed help available for unemployed teens," 25 Dec. 2020 That's because babies are most likely to die from suffocation, while teens are more at risk from crashes and firearms, Rimsza said. Arizona Republic, "Hundreds of children died in Arizona in 2019. Almost half those deaths could have been prevented," 22 Dec. 2020 Upper teens to mid-20s are the likely regional low temperature range before dawn. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A couple more chilly days, before a slow warm up," 18 Dec. 2020 While many other pre-teens may be moody or angsty, Jones said Miley draws happiness from things in her childhood, like games, animals and ice cream. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "'Everyone should deserve a loving family': 12-year-old Miley waits for her forever home," 26 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2021

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“Teens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teens. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of teens

: the numbers 13 through 19 especially : the years 13 through 19 in a century or a person's lifetime


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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