youth

noun, often attributive \ ˈyüth \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of youth

plural youths play \ˈyüt͟hz, ˈyüths\
1 a : the time of life when one is young; especially : the period between childhood and maturity
b : the early period of existence, growth, or development
2 a : 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

Examples of youth in a Sentence

  1. She had a troubled youth.

  2. He spent his youth in the Midwest.

  3. He got into a lot of trouble in his youth.

  4. a generation trying to recapture lost youth

  5. when the industry was still in its youth

  6. Four youths are suspected of starting the fire.

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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



YOUTH Defined for English Language Learners

youth

noun

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

youth

noun \ ˈyüth \

Definition of youth for Students

plural youths \ˈyüt͟hz, ˈyüths\
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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