Definition of youth in English:


Syllabification: youth
Pronunciation: /yo͞oTH

noun (plural youths /yo͞oTHs, yo͞oT͟Hz/)

  • 1 [in singular] The period between childhood and adult age: he had been a keen sportsman in his youth
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    • 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.
    early years, young days, salad days, teens, teenage years, adolescence, boyhood, girlhood, childhood; minority
    formal juvenescence
  • 1.1The state or quality of being young, especially as associated with vigor, freshness, or immaturity: she imagined her youth and beauty fading
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    • 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.
    youthfulness, freshness, bloom, vigor, energy
  • 1.2An early stage in the development of something: this publishing sector is no longer in its youth
  • 2 [treated as singular or plural] Young people considered as a group: middle-class youth have romanticized poverty [as modifier]: youth culture
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    • 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.
    young people, young, younger generation, next generation
  • 2.1A young man: he was attacked by a gang of youths
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    • 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.
    young person/man/woman, boy, girl, juvenile, teenager, adolescent, junior, minor
    informal teen, kid


Old English geoguth, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch jeugd, German Jugend, also to young.

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