noun, often attributive
\ ˈyüth How to pronounce youth (audio) \
plural youths\ ˈyüt͟hz How to pronounce youths (audio) , ˈyüths How to pronounce youths (audio) \

Definition of youth

1a : the time of life when one is young especially : the period between childhood and maturity
b : the early period of existence, growth, or development
2a : a young person especially : a young male between adolescence and maturity
b : young persons or creatures usually plural in construction
3 : the quality or state of being youthful : youthfulness

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Examples of youth in a Sentence

She had a troubled youth. He spent his youth in the Midwest. He got into a lot of trouble in his youth. a generation trying to recapture lost youth when the industry was still in its youth Four youths are suspected of starting the fire.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Exploring program, run by Boy Scouts of America affiliate Learning for Life, is aimed at youths interested mentorship and career development, including in law enforcement. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy. What it means for Louisville's troops," 18 Feb. 2020 Big City Mountaineers, Golden, CO This organization brings under-resourced youth in Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and several east coast cities on backcountry mountaineering trips. Jessica Mordo, Sunset Magazine, "Where the Wild Things Are: Programs That Foster Kids’ Connection to the Outdoors," 11 Feb. 2020 The evidence suggests that problematic drug use in adulthood is less likely if youth reach age-appropriate academic and social milestones. Amanda Latimore, The Conversation, "The opioid crisis is a big issue in New Hampshire – 5 questions answered on what voters want the candidates to do," 11 Feb. 2020 Some of that potential is tangled up with youth in the lineup. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Stars at New York Rangers odds, picks and best bets," 3 Feb. 2020 One, called multisystemic therapy, involves a three to five-month program for at-risk children and adolescents, with 24/7 on-call therapists who work with youth in their home, school, and community. Popular Science, "There isn’t much science supporting wilderness therapy for teens," 30 Jan. 2020 Dark energy, meanwhile, played a negligible role in the universe’s youth. Quanta Magazine, "How Ancient Light Reveals the Universe’s Contents," 28 Jan. 2020 People did not want to see a story about a 10-year-old Hitler youth. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "Taika Waititi on Kiwi humor, directing as Hitler, and why kids should see ‘Jojo Rabbit’," 24 Jan. 2020 And at the end of the segment, the talk show host announced that Shutterfly made a $10,000 donation to The Trevor Project (a non-profit that provides resources to LGBTQ+ youth) on de Jager’s behalf. Hanna Flanagan,, "YouTuber NikkieTutorials Gives First On-Air Interview Since Coming Out as Transgender," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of youth

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for youth

Middle English youthe, from Old English geoguth; akin to Old English geong young — more at young

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The first known use of youth was before the 12th century

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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Youth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of youth

: the time of life when someone is young : the time when a young person has not yet become an adult
: the time when something is new and not yet established
: a teenage boy or young man


\ ˈyüth How to pronounce youth (audio) \
plural youths\ ˈyüt͟hz , ˈyüths \

Kids Definition of youth

1 : the time of life between being a child and an adult He spent his youth in Europe.
2 : a young man an imaginative youth
3 : young people the youth of today
4 : the quality or state of being young Her youth proved to be an advantage.

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