un·​der·​age | \ ˌən-dər-ˈāj How to pronounce underage (audio) \

Definition of underage

1 : of less than mature or legal age
2 : done by or involving underage persons underage drinking

Examples of underage in a Sentence

They were not allowed into the club because they were underage.
Recent Examples on the Web Of the 1,248 victims detected, 70 percent were underage girls, the report said, citing data from Thai authorities. Fox News, "Pope Francis, in Bangkok, urges respect for prostitutes, victims of human trafficking," 22 Nov. 2019 Thirteen accounts of Jeffrey Epstein exploiting underage girls Thirteen teens gave police nearly identical accounts of how the politically connected financier used his wealth to exploit the girls. Jane Musgrave, USA TODAY, "How the Epstein saga could've been ended years ago: To his first prosecutors, victims were prostitutes," 20 Nov. 2019 Jeffrey Epstein, 66, who was accused of trafficking underage girls, died Aug. 10. Taylor Nichole Morris, Detroit Free Press, "Mackinaw City brewery names beer after Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theory," 11 Nov. 2019 Johnson, a sewage treatment plant worker with a history of drugging and raping underage girls, was previously convicted, in 2001, of aggravated murder in the girl’s death. oregonlive, "Former Oregon death row inmate now faces life sentence after latest conviction in decades-old murder," 9 Nov. 2019 Doug Jones is a Democratic senator from Alabama because Mr. Moore’s conduct with underage girls proved too much for voters there. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "How Many Lines Can a Politician Cross? Kentucky Governor Is a Cautionary Tale," 7 Nov. 2019 The statement said the leave of absence was not related to the rape allegations revealed by two underage girls against several east Alabama men that the victims say occurred on and near the JSU campus. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "JSU Board of Trustees terminates John Beehler as president," 22 Oct. 2019 Twelve men were arrested in connection to a string of alleged statutory rapes of two underage girls that occurred at or near Jacksonville State University in Alabama, according to authorities and the university. NBC News, "12 men arrested in statutory rape case involving an Alabama university," 5 Oct. 2019 Richard Ciccarella tearfully apologized to a federal judge for posting photos on a Russian website of an underage girl who was wearing only underwear, The Palm Beach Post reported . San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mar-a-Lago Army officer lied during child porn investigation," 28 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'underage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of underage

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about underage

Time Traveler for underage

Time Traveler

The first known use of underage was in 1561

See more words from the same year

Statistics for underage

Last Updated

26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Underage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underage. Accessed 10 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for underage


How to pronounce underage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of underage

: too young to do something legally

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on underage

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with underage

Spanish Central: Translation of underage

Nglish: Translation of underage for Spanish Speakers

Comments on underage

What made you want to look up underage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to state or do over again or repeatedly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!