young

adjective
\ 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 8)

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

young

noun
plural young

Definition of young (Entry 2 of 8)

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

Young

biographical name (1)
\ ˈyəŋ How to pronounce Young (audio) \

Definition of Young (Entry 3 of 8)

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

Young

biographical name (2)

Definition of Young (Entry 4 of 8)

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

Young

biographical name (3)

Definition of Young (Entry 5 of 8)

Cy originally Denton True Young 1867–1955 American baseball player

Young

biographical name (4)

Definition of Young (Entry 6 of 8)

Michael W(arren) 1949–     American geneticist

Young

biographical name (5)

Definition of Young (Entry 7 of 8)

Owen D. 1874–1962 American lawyer

Young

biographical name (6)

Definition of Young (Entry 8 of 8)

Whitney Moore 1921–1971 American civil rights leader

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Other Words from young

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for young

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This monumental work is an examination of American slavery through the eyes of Dana, a young black woman who travels between the pre-Civil War South and her present life as a writer in California in the 1970s. Popular Science, "Sci-fi graphic novels that will keep you up late and make you miss your train stop," 12 Jan. 2021 Growing up in Rahway, N.J., Kast may have gotten his basketball genes from his mother, Marie, who played a half-court version of the game as a young woman. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "His Job Is Counting Stephen Curry’s 3-Pointers. You’d Retire, Too.," 8 Jan. 2021 The occasion was the attempt of Autherine Lucy, a young Black woman, to enroll at the University of Alabama. Brenda Wineapple, The New York Review of Books, "‘A Land Where the Dead Past Walks’," 5 Jan. 2021 Loosely based on true events, McNamara’s script traces a young woman’s path from ornament to fearsome ruler in her own right. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Elle Fanning Was Born To Be An Outrageous, Messy Queen & The Great Is Proof," 5 Jan. 2021 The prank comedy, which premiered on Amazon in October, received raves for the actress’ surprisingly poignant portrait of a young woman who breaks free from her father’s and society’s demeaning, sexist notions. Ramin Zahed, Los Angeles Times, "Maria Bakalova on empowerment, Rudy Giuliani and the risky business of ‘Borat’," 4 Jan. 2021 Dear Carolyn: My 26-year-old granddaughter is an amazing young woman: smart, creative, generous and kind, among many other wonderful qualities. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Is there any way to give a marital can-kicker a little kick in the can?," 3 Jan. 2021 Peach Blossom Paradise is a family saga with the heft of an epic that follows the life of a young woman who meets a revolutionary as the Qing dynasty collapses. James Mcelroy, Washington Examiner, "A Chinese guide to our cultural revolution," 31 Dec. 2020 In just the last year, a young woman was killed, a teen boy was paralyzed and numerous others were grazed by bullets in unsolved I-95 shootings. Megan O'matz, sun-sentinel.com, "Cameras on I-95 erase evidence, let shooters go free," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jay families sometimes remain together long enough for the young of the year to assist in raising the next generation. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Blue jays cache food for the winter ‑ and remember where they put it," 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, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Get ready for fall’s hummingbird migration," 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, "LAFC’s investment in South American talent is paying off," 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, "Democrat Begich turns to AK voters 1 more time in guv race," 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, "A 3-Year-Old Reviews Outdoorsy Kids' Books," 5 July 2018 Snapchat’s core business model and its claim on the fickle attention of addled, low-information consumers (read: the youngs) rests on enabling people to send impulsive, often vulgar missives that then disappear. Daniel Gross, Slate Magazine, "The Donald Trump of IPOs," 6 Feb. 2017 Unfortunately, the youngs were only able to complete one of those very important missions. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Kylie Jenner Doesn't Want You to Touch Her," 1 Apr. 2016 In the wild, males will sometimes kill the young of another male and replace them with his own. Paul Nicklen, National Geographic, "6 Animals That Are Stellar Stepdads," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of young

Adjective

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for young

Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for young

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The first known use of young was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Young.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/young. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for young

young

adjective
How to pronounce Young (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of young

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in an early stage of life, growth, or development : not yet old
: recently formed, produced, started, etc.

young

noun

English Language Learners Definition of young (Entry 2 of 2)

: young people
: young animals, birds, etc.

young

adjective
\ 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.

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

young

noun
\ 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

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