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 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 youngish (audio) \ adjective
youngness \ ˈyəŋ-​nəs How to pronounce youngness (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 Previously, a 17-year-old from the Bronx in New York was the nation’s youngest EVALI death. Fox News, "Texas teen, 15, becomes nation’s youngest vaping-related fatality," 12 Jan. 2020 In 1944, a young artist went on assignment to Cuernavaca, Mexico, to report a story on the town's textiles for Harper's Bazaar. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Intricate Silkscreening Process at Tillett Textiles," 11 Jan. 2020 The survival thriller about a young man whose car has crashed shows Sheridan's character when in horizontal orientation. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Quibi Unveils Turnstyle Video Technology," 8 Jan. 2020 DuVernay's premiered last year on Netflix and follows the true story of five young black men who were wrongly convicted of assaulting a jogger in Central Park in 1989. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ava DuVernay Is Absolutely Unbothered by Her Golden Globes Snub," 6 Jan. 2020 The young man who went to the national track-and-field championship tried to go to the other side but died in the crossing. Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Harper's magazine, "Leftovers," 6 Jan. 2020 The Rams could be flat after getting eliminated from postseason contention and may rest some veterans for some younger players. Jess Root, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Arizona Cardinals at L.A. Rams odds, lines, picks and best bets," 29 Dec. 2019 This was a tragic accident, a young man has lost his life, and his family is grieving. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "The U.K. Has Sent a Formal Extradition Request to U.S. for Anne Sacoolas, the Wife of a Diplomat Charged in the Death of Harry Dunn," 12 Jan. 2020 Including the young men and women who will soon be on their respective tours. Jill Martin And Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Patrick Reed's lawyer warns Golf Channel analyst to stop alleging his client 'cheated'," 11 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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The first known use of young was before the 12th century

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Young.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/young. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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.

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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