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.

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Teens in Naperville are reminding adults this weekend that preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville teens tag liquor bottles in Naperville Jewel store to change adult attitudes about giving alcohol to minors," 14 June 2019 The mother and daughter were expected to be transferred to a privately-run facility for underage immigrants without parents on Thursday after outcry on social media. Garance Burke, Fortune, "Premature Baby Found in Border Patrol Facility in Texas," 14 June 2019 Spencer’s post-Obama Mammy indulges the underage teens in her small town — buying liquor for them and inviting them to use her basement as a place to party. Armond White, National Review, "Ma’s Black-Mammy Stereotypes Capture the Illiberal Spirit," 7 June 2019 Contributing to Delinquency of Minor: At 9:25 p.m. on May 26, deputies responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 14000 block of Sobey Road on report of underage drinking at a graduation party. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Saratoga crime report for the week of June 14," 6 June 2019 Police said a man entered the business and was seeing taking photos or videos of an underage person who was changing clothes in a fitting room. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Bluff police: Officers investigate report of man recording underage person in fitting room," 5 June 2019 While technically a violation of platform policies, the listings are widespread and give underage vapers an easy way to vape without the hassle of in-person purchases. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Teen vapers are using eBay to dodge age restrictions," 5 June 2019 Like Malia, President George W. Bush’s twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, both were scrutinized for underage drinking. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "‘No part of her life should be anyone’s clickbait’: Tabloid’s Malia Obama report draws rebukes on social media," 19 Feb. 2019 The majority of the women were underage at the time of the alleged misconduct, according to Business Insider. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "8 Men Whose Sexual Misconduct Allegations Prove It's Long Been a Big Part of U.S. Politics," 12 Oct. 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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