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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Although groups protested the use of the youth, Madonna later described the clip as a statement about innocence. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2022 From rock and roll to punk, and from flares to ripped jeans, the tastes and fashions of youth have often been a reliable indicator of where consumer trends are heading. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 In this novel, the wounds of youth are carried for a lifetime. Isaac Fitzgerald, The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2022 For me, it’s kind of wrapped up in nostalgia, and in the idealism of youth. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 31 July 2022 More than anything, it’s about the optimism of youth crashing provocatively into the realities of adulthood. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 2022 In Meyer, decided by a 7-2 majority, McReynolds compared the Nebraska law with the military indoctrination of male youth that was characteristic of ancient Sparta but entirely out of place with American self-government. Michael Toth, WSJ, 27 July 2022 The extermination of youth is analogous to massacring society’s future and potential — a fear connected to movements that enforce unproven vaccines or that encourage chemical and surgical castration. Armond White, National Review, 20 July 2022 Louisville has a higher-than-average rate of disconnected youth, at 13.4%. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 19 July 2022 See More

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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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18 Aug 2022

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“Youth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for youth


\ 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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