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young

adjective \ ˈyəŋ \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of young

younger play \ˈyəŋ-gər\; youngest play \ˈyəŋ-gəst\
1 a :being in the first or an early stage of life, growth, or development
b :junior 1a
c :of an early, tender, or desirable age for use as food or drink
  • fresh young lamb
  • a young wine
2 :having little experience
3 a :recently come into being :new
  • a young publishing company
b :youthful 5
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

youngish

play \ˈyəŋ-ish\ adjective

youngness

play \ˈyəŋ-nəs\ noun

Examples of young in a Sentence

  1. He looks young for his age.

  2. A very nice young man greeted us at the door.

  3. Young people today have a lot of opportunities.

  4. He dreamed of being an artist when he was young.

  5. The movie isn't suitable for young viewers.

  6. He's still too young to buy alcohol legally.

  7. Our youngest daughter just started school.

  8. When I was young,” the man said, “the world was a different place.”

  9. The season is still young.

Recent Examples of young from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of young

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


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young

noun

Definition of young

plural young
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

Examples of young in a Sentence

  1. music that appeals to the young

  2. The very young and the elderly are particularly sensitive to the disease.

  3. a robin feeding her young

  4. The young of a wolf are called pups.

Recent Examples of young from the Web

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First Known Use of young

before 12th century


Young

biographical name \ ˈyəŋ \

Definition of Young

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

Young

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Brig*ham play \ˈbri-gəm\ 1801–1877 American Mormon leader

Young

biographical name

Definition of Young

Cy originally Denton True Young 1867–1955 American baseball player

Young

biographical name

Definition of Young

Michael W(arren) 1949–     American geneticist

Young

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Definition of Young

Owen D. 1874–1962 American lawyer

Young

biographical name

Definition of Young

Whitney Moore 1921–1971 American civil rights leader

YOUNG Defined for English Language Learners

young

adjective

Definition of young for English Language Learners

  • : in an early stage of life, growth, or development : not yet old

  • : recently formed, produced, started, etc.


young

noun

Definition of young for English Language Learners

  • the young : young people

  • : young animals, birds, etc.


YOUNG Defined for Kids

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young

adjective \ ˈyəŋ \

Definition of young for Students

younger \ˈyəŋ-gər\; youngest \ˈyəŋ-gəst\
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 1 Grandma says her grandchildren keep her young.

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young

noun plural

Definition of young for Students

1 :young people
  • It's a story for young and old.
2 :immature or recently born offspring
  • a bear and her young

Medical Dictionary

young

noun \ ˈyəŋ \

medical Definition of young

plural 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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