un·​der·​age | \ˌən-dər-ˈāj \

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.

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Nationwide, 23 percent of youth held in residential facilities in 2015 were there for status offenses - things like truancy, running away and underage drinking - and 18 percent were held for technical violations like skipping meetings. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Report: In Texas, a quarter of detained juveniles held for non-criminal infractions," 25 Feb. 2018 Cook, who is from Marietta, faces charges of reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle (felony), underage possession of alcohol, possession of false identification, and violation of class D driver’s license hour restrictions. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Marietta teen charged after passenger falls out window and sent to ICU," 5 July 2018 The underage passenger was not injured and was released to family. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Police say driver in rollover crash in PRP will be charged with DUI," 13 July 2018 Police also said that Cook got a bottle of raspberry vodka for a group of fellow underage people. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Warrant, friend shed light on DUI case of Cobb teen who fell from SUV," 9 July 2018 However, when Garnett learned that York had sodomized an underage female follower, her feelings curdled. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "4 Things You'll Learn About an Egyptian-Themed Sect Hiding Child Sex Abuse, on Monday's PMI: Cults," 8 July 2018 Trump also reportedly circulated at parties for wealthy men featuring cocaine and underage girls. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 According to the complaint, a few teens threw an underage drinking party on June 23 while a parent was not home. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield teen sexually assaulted girl while she slept at underage drinking party, complaint says," 27 June 2018 In April, the agency sent letters to retailers warning them against illegally selling vaping products to underage users and asked makers to submit information on marketing practices. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Vaping Is the New Smoking. Is That a Good Thing?," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of underage

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of underage

: too young to do something legally

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