Definition of youth
youthsplay play \ˈyüthz, ˈyüths\
1a : the time of life when one is young; especially : the period between childhood and maturityb : the early period of existence, growth, or development
2a : a young person; especially : a young male between adolescence and maturityb : young persons or creatures —usually plural in construction
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.
Recent Examples of youth from the Web
In the West Bank, youth unemployment has reached 40 percent, and the overall figure for all ages stands at 18 percent.
He was born female in 2003 at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital, and lived most of his life as Jane Marie, taking part in the American Heritage Girls scouting organization, youth lacrosse and playing the clarinet in the middle school band.
To celebrate its fourth anniversary, the show is raising money for New Alternatives, a charity that provides services to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
At issue is the city construction department’s decision in December to approve a master-use permit for the jail and a new youth courthouse in the Central Area.
However, public opposition to Indian rule remains deep and is now principally expressed through street protests marked by youths hurling stones at government forces.
What distinguishes Clarkson’s event is that active college quarterbacks serve as on-field instructors for youths ranging from ages 8 to 20.
For a La Grange youth baseball team, it's been 2 million views, 30,000 retreats and $5,820 as of Friday.
It must be acknowledged that exposing a child to domestic violence is a form of abuse with lifelong effects; Alex witnessed Lola’s mistreatment as a constant presence in his youth, and clearly struggled with that legacy for the rest of his life.
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Origin and Etymology of youth
Middle English youthe, from Old English geoguth; akin to Old English geong young — more at young
First Known Use: before 12th century
YOUTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of youth for English Language Learners
: 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
YOUTH Defined for Kids
Definition of youth for Students
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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