noun, often attributive
\ˈyüth \
plural youths\ˈyüt͟hz, ˈyüths \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for youth


bambino, bud, chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, squirt, whelp, youngling, youngster


adult, grown-up

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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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Rehman was starting his TUFF Start program to provide support for underprivileged youth in South Florida. David Furones,, "Calvin Ridley holds charity bowling event to raise funds for program that helped him in his youth," 13 July 2018 In the first year of the two-year-old funding program, HUD awarded $33 million to help fund services for homeless youths in 10 other communities. Gary Warth,, "HUD grants $8M for San Diego to help homeless youths," 13 July 2018 His establishment of Pakistan’s first cancer hospital and a college for underprivileged youth suggest an all too rare spirit of public service. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 The work will take the fitness center from about 1,500 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet, and increase overall space at the facility for youth and adult programming. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Expansion project at Prisco Community Center in Aurora to be completed this month," 9 July 2018 Another office has been providing Christmas gifts for youth at the Larue Carter Home for the last twenty years. Carpenter Realtors, Indianapolis Star, "Working with Carpenter Realtors® means giving back to your community," 9 July 2018 In its first month, the zero tolerance policy caused families to be split as parents were sent for criminal prosecution and their children went to facilities intended for youth who arrived at the border alone. Kate Morrissey, Anchorage Daily News, "Illegal border crossings decrease for the first time in 2018," 7 July 2018 The need for Baltimore to invest in better opportunities for youth took center stage after the death of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries suffered while in police custody in 2015. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Baltimore community groups learn how to apply for youth funding," 7 July 2018 In its first month, the zero-tolerance policy caused families to be split as parents were sent for criminal prosecution and their children went to facilities intended for youth who arrived at the border alone. Kate Morrissey,, "Illegal border crossings decrease in June, the first time in 2018," 7 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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