Definition of youth
youthsplay \ˈyüthz, 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
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.
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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