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 During the week of March 12-18, 2016, the city’s police logged 288 criminal charges with a majority of those being for underage drinking. al, 7 Jan. 2022 According to police, three 17-year-old Park Ridge boys and a 17-year-old boy from Palos Park were each ticketed for underage drinking as well. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, 14 Dec. 2021 Hicks was also arrested for underage drinking in November 2018, Fox News reported. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2021 She was later arrested in 2018 for underage drinking. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 9 Dec. 2021 In the past few years, the young singer-songwriter made headlines when she was arrested for underage drinking and charged for domestic violence for allegedly assaulting her family members. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 8 Dec. 2021 She was later arrested for underage drinking in 2018. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 8 Dec. 2021 Julia Nall, a May graduate of UA and last year's student body president, said in a phone interview that a poll of students found a large majority uncomfortable with the idea of calling for medical help in cases of underage drinking. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 6 Dec. 2021 Like his four former fraternity brothers, Brown is charged with allowing underage drinking at a party or gathering. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of underage

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Underage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underage. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of underage

: too young to do something legally

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