noun, often attributive
\ ˈyüth How to pronounce youth (audio) \
plural youths\ ˈyüt͟hz How to pronounce youth (audio) , ˈyüths How to pronounce youth (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 Bro-Am are six nonprofit organizations providing services to the homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged youth with a special focus on music, art and surfing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2021 The Danish talisman, who has more than 100 caps for his country, came through the youth ranks at Ajax and started his professional career with the Dutch club. Kim Norgaard And Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, 13 June 2021 As a youth, Crow Dog learned about cultural traditions and ceremonies from his father and Lakota elders., 12 June 2021 In its pages, gold bugs like banker Lyman Gage, who detested silver and would succeed Carlisle as Secretary of the Treasury, were won over by Coin’s persuasive messaging and by the youth who delivered it. Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 The nonprofit allies support one another at events and in schools; many of the youth are served by both organizations. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 Members serve the needs of the youth in the community, act as a liaison to the city council and city leadership and are given an opportunity to understand how local government impacts their lives. Dallas News, 2 June 2021 The youth had joined the Brilliant Boys Book Club, and talked to him about zoology. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 Mathew, who won the 200 and 400, represented the exciting youth of some of the county’s top sprinters. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, 29 May 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Youth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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