\ ˈyəŋ How to pronounce young (audio) \
younger\ ˈyəŋ-​gər How to pronounce young (audio) \; youngest\ ˈyəŋ-​gəst How to pronounce young (audio) \

Definition of young

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : being in the first or an early stage of life, growth, or development
c : of an early, tender, or desirable age for use as food or drink fresh young lamb a young wine
2 : having little experience
3a : recently come into being : new a young publishing company
4 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of youth or a young person young at heart
5 capitalized : representing a new or rejuvenated especially political group or movement


plural young

Definition of young (Entry 2 of 2)

1 plural
a : young persons : youth
b : immature offspring used especially of animals
2 : a single recently born or hatched animal
with young
of a female animal

Other Words from young


youngish \ ˈyəŋ-​ish How to pronounce young (audio) \ adjective
youngness \ ˈyəŋ-​nəs How to pronounce young (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of young in a Sentence

Adjective He looks young for his age. A very nice young man greeted us at the door. Young people today have a lot of opportunities. He dreamed of being an artist when he was young. The movie isn't suitable for young viewers. He's still too young to buy alcohol legally. Our youngest daughter just started school. When I was young,” the man said, “the world was a different place.” The season is still young. Noun music that appeals to the young The very young and the elderly are particularly sensitive to the disease. a robin feeding her young The young of a wolf are called pups. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Chaparral secondary will be young and inexperienced, but the Firebirds should be strong in the box. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2022 In case your memory needs refreshing, the story tells of the adventures of D’Artagnan, a young, but skilled dueler in 17th century France who dreams of joining the Musketeers of the Guard, protectors of the king and queen. cleveland, 2 May 2022 Genet’s face stared out from the cover, once old and pompous, now young and troubled. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Three were young, maybe 20, and the commander was in his 30s. New York Times, 2 May 2022 During Sunday services at the city’s Garrison Church, Ukrainian soldiers in uniform, flanked by civilians young and old, bowed their heads and clasped their hands in prayer, surrounded by ancient tokens of faith and artifacts of modern battle. Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2022 While Gill didn't make it to Hollywood, Hardy took his golden ticket all the way to victory, winning over fans young and old with his throwback song choices and Elvis Presley-like swagger. Greg Hilburn, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Neal Adams’ death stunned the comic book world Friday, causing an outpouring of emotional from fans, both young and old. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Others cut bait and decided that the best course of action was to restock with the young and cost-controlled players available in the draft. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When successful, the male lions will even kill the young of their predecessors to bring the females into heat to rear their own offspring. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 Of course, each of the kids are starting to show off their true personalities, even at this young of an age. Tricia Despres,, 21 Mar. 2022 The number of offspring were cut in half, and many of the young of parents that were exposed to fear were less healthy than their non-traumatized peers. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2022 Jay families sometimes remain together long enough for the young of the year to assist in raising the next generation. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 24 Nov. 2020 As interesting as the period after the hummingbird young of the year leave the nest is, the fall migration period is even more exciting. Calvin Finch,, 24 Sep. 2020 Its six young South Americans will cost the team less than half what the last season. Kevin Baxterstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2020 Maybe that’s a consequence of a parent dying young who’s been involved in public service and has only been involved in it in a way that’s pretty idealistic. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, 22 Oct. 2018 Sawyer, my best friend’s kid—to help me figure out what the youngs are into these days. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, 5 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of young


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for young


Middle English yong, from Old English geong; akin to Old High German jung young, Latin juvenis

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\ ˈyəŋ How to pronounce young (audio) \
younger\ ˈyəŋ-​gər \; youngest\ ˈyəŋ-​gəst \

Kids Definition of young

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being in the first or an early stage of life, growth, or development young children
2 : lacking in experience That reporter is still young and naive.
3 : recently formed, produced, or come into being : new a young company
4 : youthful sense 1 Grandma says her grandchildren keep her young.


noun plural

Kids Definition of young (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : young people It's a story for young and old.
2 : immature or recently born offspring a bear and her young


\ ˈyəŋ How to pronounce young (audio) \
plural young

Medical Definition of young

1 : immature offspring used especially of animals
2 : a single recently born or hatched animal
with young
: pregnant used of a female animal

Young biographical name (1)

\ ˈyəŋ How to pronounce Young (audio) \

Definition of Young

 (Entry 1 of 6)

Andrew Jackson, Jr. 1932–     U.S. ambassador to U.N. (1977–79)


biographical name (2)

Definition of Young (Entry 2 of 6)

Brig*ham \ ˈbri-​gəm How to pronounce Young (audio) \ 1801–1877 American Mormon leader


biographical name (3)

Definition of Young (Entry 3 of 6)

Cy originally Denton True Young 1867–1955 American baseball player


biographical name (4)

Definition of Young (Entry 4 of 6)

Michael W(arren) 1949–     American geneticist


biographical name (5)

Definition of Young (Entry 5 of 6)

Owen D. 1874–1962 American lawyer


biographical name (6)

Definition of Young (Entry 6 of 6)

Whitney Moore 1921–1971 American civil rights leader

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