underage

adjective

un·​der·​age ˌən-dər-ˈāj How to pronounce underage (audio)
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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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 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

underage

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

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