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 Although the Palestinian youth have lacked a single goal, many express broad discontent with the status quo. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Hamas Attack on Israel Aims to Capitalize on Palestinian Frustration," 12 May 2021 As soon as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the vaccine, expected Wednesday, Ohio will immediately allow the youth to be eligible, DeWine announced Monday. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine to deliver statewide coronavirus address at 5:30 p.m.," 12 May 2021 Castellanos eventually scored on a wild pitch, Woodford on the ground after a failed tag attempt, and the Reds outfielder punctuated his revenge with a phrase popular among the youth these days. USA Today, "'There is a lot of testosterone:' Why beefs and brawls are a way of life in the NL Central," 10 May 2021 Soon the Pfizer vaccine may become available to youth as young as 12. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego schools offer COVID vaccine clinics to get students, teenagers vaccinated," 8 May 2021 The system failed on multiple levels to provide those kinds of things to youth like Adam, Gonzalez added. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, "'It hurt our community': How youth in Adam Toledo's neighborhood are processing his shooting," 8 May 2021 The youth are being searched out in towns and in villages. Duarte Mendonca And Nima Elbagir, CNN, "Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch condemns Tigray 'genocide'," 8 May 2021 Omega discovers the youth she’s been denied, learning to play a simple game of catch with the two Twi’lek children who almost became her adoptive siblings. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The latest ‘Bad Batch’ will feel familiar to fans of ‘The Mandalorian’," 7 May 2021 Moreover, the worlds youth is capable of making their voice be heard. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "H&M Drives Innovation In Sustainability With 2021 Style," 6 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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14 May 2021

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“Youth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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