noun (plural youths /yo͞oTHs, yo͞oT͟Hz/)
- 1 [in singular] The period between childhood and adult age: he had been a keen sportsman in his youthMore example sentences
- The family oriented residential event offered a full programme of presentations, seminars and workshops for the youth and adults.
- There was no statistical difference between the youth and adult groups in the distribution of diagnoses of injuries.
- In terms of the severity, there was no difference between the youth and adult groups.
- 1.1The state or quality of being young, especially as associated with vigor, freshness, or immaturity: she imagined her youth and beauty fadingMore example sentences
- You have an endearing quality of youth and innocence that attracts people around you today.
- The qualities of youth and beauty were regarded as a fitting gift for their gods.
- These are days of freshness, of youth and of fresh talent.
- 2 [treated as singular or plural] Young people considered as a group: middle-class youth have romanticized poverty [as modifier]: youth cultureMore example sentences
young people, young, younger generation, next generation
- She shows how Hispanic minors are poised to overtake African Americans as the largest ethnic youth population in the country.
- Britpop was Trainspotting's main vehicle to integrate youth subculture into popular culture.
- From the very beginning this new youth culture crossed national borders.
- 2.1A young man: he was attacked by a gang of youthsMore example sentences
- On the day of the attack, a gang of youths had marched into the school's foyer at lunchtime.
- Police have taken action to stop large gangs of youths congregating on church grounds.
- Children and youths are our responsibility and it is us who are letting down our youngsters.
Old English geoguth, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch jeugd, German Jugend, also to young.