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 In July 2019, the same month that USASF received the complaints about Escobedo, a Texas woman raised concerns about a USASF member preying on underage girls, including her teenage daughter. USA Today, "Help USA TODAY investigate misconduct in cheerleading," 23 Dec. 2020 Since the first lockdown, the industry has worked on re-evaluating social programs, targeting issues like drunk driving and underage drinking, Rushton said. Janice Kew, Bloomberg.com, "South Africa’s Drinks Makers Move to Fend Off Third Booze Ban," 12 Dec. 2020 The Times' report described recordings on Pornhub's website that included assaults of unconscious women and girls and videos of naked underage girls. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Visa continues its ban on Pornhub but will allow payments on some of its parent company's sites," 23 Dec. 2020 Documents unsealed in a New York court around the time of Epstein's death reveal a history of Brunel allegedly acting as a recruiter of underage girls for Epstein and his inner circle. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Jeffrey Epstein associate detained in France," 17 Dec. 2020 Though the depiction is admittedly tame by contemporary standards, the Temperance Society, a group that advocated for the reduction or prohibition of alcohol consumption, viewed it as a promotion for underage drinking. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "The First Commercially Printed Christmas Card Scandalized Victorian England," 4 Dec. 2020 The underage drinking didn’t prompt the university to take disciplinary action. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Student takes UTSA to court over COVID-19 suspension," 25 Nov. 2020 Another tool in the arsenal to prevent underage drinking was distributed to package store owners in Enfield on Nov. 17. courant.com, "Community news for the Enfield edition," 19 Nov. 2020 Between 200 and 300 people had crammed into a house, violating the state’s coronavirus restrictions and laws against underage drinking. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, "A Long Island wedding and birthday party infected 56 with covid-19: ‘Blatant disregard for the well-being of others’," 29 Oct. 2020

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underage

: too young to do something legally

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