youth

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 for youth

Synonyms

boy, boychick (or boychik), boyo [Irish], callant [chiefly Scottish], lad, laddie, nipper, shaveling, shaver, sonny, stripling, tad

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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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This is why community members take part in brainstorming meetings, ultimately deciding the themes for the group’s pieces, and many of them, particularly youth and elders, participate in painting the walls. Raquel Reichard, Teen Vogue, "Art Collective Colectivo Moriviví is Painting Political Murals Throughout Puerto Rico," 4 Jan. 2019 After a divisive start that had the world talking, some in favor of his youth-centric vision, others vehemently against it, the stakes are high for his Fall 2019 collection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 Any youth on the phone must, by definition, be interested in Santa's overnight whereabouts. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "JFK Once Wrote a Sweet Letter to a Child Reassuring Her About Santa's Safety," 26 Dec. 2018 This morning's event was specifically arranged to address violent crime in youth communities. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Tom Hardy Hear from Victims of Violent Crime," 12 Dec. 2018 Prince Harry, his father Prince Charles, and good friend Tom Hardy made a joint appearance today for a roundtable discussion about reducing youth crime. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Tom Hardy Teamed Up to Tackle Youth Violence," 12 Dec. 2018 Beyond that, Purdy wants to empower today's youth through athletics. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Trains to Be a World-Class Snowboarder," 12 Dec. 2018 The molecular particles are a signature of a geographic region and indicate where someone lived in youth. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 The Beijing Youth Daily, a publication of the ruling Communist Party's youth league, said on its official microblog account police were investigating the crash. Fox News, "SUV crashes into crowd at square in central China, killing 9," 12 Sep. 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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youth

noun

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

youth

noun
\ 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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