young adult

adjective

Definition of young adult

: 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

First Known Use of young adult

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Young adult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/young%20adult. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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