young

adjective
\ ˈyəŋ How to pronounce young (audio) \
younger\ ˈyəŋ-​gər How to pronounce younger (audio) \; youngest\ ˈyəŋ-​gəst How to pronounce youngest (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 ˈbri-gəm (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 youngish (audio) \ adjective
youngness \ ˈyəŋ-​nəs How to pronounce youngness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for young

Synonyms: Adjective

adolescent, immature, juvenile, youngish, youthful

Antonyms: Adjective

adult, grown-up, mature, matured

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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

At 30th Street, a young woman had just finished a Muni ride to remember and was heading toward Mission Street. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "A hot day in San Francisco? That’s earthquake weather," 15 June 2019 Most of the young women of Euphoria are sexualized from the jump, given little initial backstory but plenty of screen time to hook up. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Euphoria Sex Scenes Are The Show's Biggest Problem," 15 June 2019 Rita was with a group of young women which had been organized by The Catholic Daughters of America. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/15," 15 June 2019 That may have happened to the family of reader Leo Reyes when the Tejano classic was a catchy new hit for young singer Lydia Mendoza (1916-2007). Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Before she became a Tejano queen, Lydia Mendoza played humble venues," 15 June 2019 In the sanctuary of a Tehran bookshop, amid the intoxicating volumes of Rumi and Tolstoy, a young woman named Roya meets and falls in love with Bahman, an energetic pro-democracy activist. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Tin-Eared Bureaucrats and Frayed Connections," 14 June 2019 Weltman: Like anyone selecting an egg donor, gay singles and couples review egg donor databases and look for a young woman who meets certain critieria. Ben Tinker, CNN, "The top 10 questions about surrogacy for same-sex couples, answered," 14 June 2019 How are these young women looking up and seeing someone that looks like them, preparing them for the future? Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Muffet McGraw Is a National Voice in the Quest for Equality in Sports—and Life," 13 June 2019 Though nobody was killed, one young woman on the front line was moved to draw a comparison with the Chinese Communist Party’s massacre of protesters around Tiananmen Square 30 years ago—an event widely commemorated in Hong Kong last week. The Economist, "“They chose to come and fight for the freedom of Hong Kong”," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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More Definitions for young

young

adjective

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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