noun, often attributive
\ ˈyüth How to pronounce youth (audio) \
plural youths\ ˈyüt͟hz How to pronounce youths (audio) , ˈyüths How to pronounce youths (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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Synonyms for youth


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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Bowler and Acker have also collaborated on research projects focused on youth and data literacy. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "We’re in a Data Literacy Crisis. Could Librarians Be the Superheroes We Need?," 31 Aug. 2019 Thank you @levis for standing with Margot Robbie , Austin Butler & RAD by making a generous donation @youngcareoz that will help better the lives of youth with disabilities by providing housing and private care . Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Costume Designer Arianne Phillips Debuts Hollywood Social Advocacy Talk Series," 31 Aug. 2019 Cruz took home the gold in the women’s figures, silver in the creative solo free dance and bronze in the youth international solo dance. Alex Kushel,, "Atlantis Skating Academy performs well in national championships," 30 Aug. 2019 In 2017 alone, approximately 9.2 million youth aged 12 to 25 reported using marijuana in the past month, and 29% more young adults aged 18 to 25 started using the substance. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Government warns against marijuana use for young people and pregnant women," 29 Aug. 2019 The Razorbacks return 12 starters, but their roster is full of youth, with 51 freshmen and 23 sophomores. oregonlive, "Portland State Vikings football vs. Arkansas Razorbacks: Preview, time, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 29 Aug. 2019 PeteFest 2019 Tickets General Admission Weekend Pass: $80 adult, $40 youth under 18. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's everything you need to know about Louisville's PeteFest music festival," 27 Aug. 2019 Youth dove hunts The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) provides several youth dove hunt opportunities throughout the state each fall. Frank Sargeant, al, "Get outdoors notes from around Alabama," 27 Aug. 2019 At a meeting with officials and journalists on August 10th Mr Ho said that his new administration would aim to make Macau’s youth more patriotic, including through the education system. The Economist, "Why Macau is impervious to the turmoil in Hong Kong," 22 Aug. 2019

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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 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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