young adult

adjective

: of, relating to, or being a category of fiction that is primarily intended for adolescent readers
young adult fiction/literature
We live in an era of blockbuster young adult book series: Harry Potter, Twilight, now the Hunger Games.Leah Wilson
Early in her four-year career as the young adult librarian of the Huckaby Public Library, Veronica Garde observed that most of the staff had a sliding scale of courtesy toward library users, teenagers being given the shortest shrift.A. J. Anderson
abbreviation YA

Examples of young adult in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film is based on Green’s best-selling 2017 young adult novel of the same name. The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2024 This cheeky quote will gain a smile from a dad with young adult kids. Nicole Harris, Parents, 16 Mar. 2024 Still, predominately young adult apartment searchers flood Facebook housing groups, searching for any leads on finding affordable housing in Southern California’s competitive rental market. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Based on Lois Lowry’s seminal young adult novel, The Giver crafts a world where emotion has been eliminated and all babies are genetically engineered. Janey Tracey, EW.com, 14 Mar. 2024 Nominated by an expert librarian panel and voted on more by than 1,700 librarians worldwide, the winners are all new books that were published in 2023 and are representative of a variety of genres, from fiction to young adult to cookbook to science fiction. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 My young adult son Jason and I are crossing Riverside Drive to get to the park on the other side. Marie Myung-Ok Lee, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2024 Latina and veteran-owned, the store prioritizes authors of color and non-binary/genderqueer authors, and stocks titles ranging from historical to young adult. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 3 Mar. 2024 Providers must do a better job supporting young adult patients through all the collateral damage that comes with cancer and its treatment. TIME, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of young adult was in 1942

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“Young adult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/young%20adult. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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