un·​der·​age ˌən-dər-ˈāj How to pronounce underage (audio)
: of less than mature or legal age
: done by or involving underage persons
underage drinking

Example Sentences

They were not allowed into the club because they were underage.
Recent Examples on the Web The actor denied knowing the girl was underage, according to CBS News and Yahoo. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2023 Lazzeri said investigators observed numerous Packers workers who appeared to be underage at the plants — far more than the 102 identified. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2023 Like alcohol, weed is common on campus, where many students are underage. Erica Komisar, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2023 All of the suspects are underage, so their names remain sealed. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 23 Feb. 2023 Three of the women were underage at the time of the alleged crime. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2023 Most people in that camp knew that a lot of these girls were underage. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Chicago Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023 Police said Paul Murdaugh was underage and had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit. Jeffrey Collins, ajc, 10 Feb. 2023 Alcohol ads can’t contain statements that are misleading, patently false or target those who are underage. Lia Nower, The Conversation, 9 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underage was in 1561

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“Underage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underage. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​der·​age ˌən-də-ˈrāj How to pronounce underage (audio)
: of less than mature or legal age

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