Definition of youth in English:

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Pronunciation: /juːθ/

noun (plural youths /juːðz/)

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, early life, young days, teens, teenage years, adolescence, young adulthood, boyhood, girlhood, childhood;
prime, heyday, day, hour, time, springtime, salad days, bloom, peak, pinnacle, height;
Law  minority
rare juvenility, juvenescence
1.1 [mass noun] The qualities of vigour, freshness, or immaturity as associated with being young: 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, youngness, freshness, bloom
1.2 [in singular] An early stage in the development of something: this publishing sector is no longer in its youth
2A 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 man, boy, lad, youngster, juvenile, teenager, adolescent, junior, minor, young one;
stripling, whippersnapper, fledgling;
Scottish & Northern English  bairn
informal kid, chav, hoodie, teen, shaver
2.1 [treated as singular or plural] Young people considered as a group: black youth has experienced high levels of racial discrimination [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, rising generation, next generation
informal kids


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

Words that rhyme with youth

buck tooth, couth, Duluth, forsooth, Maynooth, ruth, sleuth, sooth, strewth, tooth, truth

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