Definition of teens in English:


plural noun

  • The years of a person's age from 13 to 19.

    ‘they were both in their late teens’
    • ‘All appeared to be in their mid teens to early twenties.’
    • ‘They range in age from their early teens to their early 40s, with most in their mid-to-late 20s.’
    • ‘All the suspects are aged in their late teens and early twenties, and live in the borough.’
    • ‘Such initiative is unexpected from a child who has not yet reached his teens.’
    • ‘I didn't see asparagus until my teens at the earliest and I'm very middle class.’
    • ‘The second was in his late teens to early 20s, tall, of slim build with spiky hair.’
    • ‘In my late teens, a sensitive young painter, I felt the need for some personal space.’
    • ‘For once the average age is plummeting downwards to late teens, early twenties.’
    • ‘Wisdom teeth usually grow through the gums during your late teens or early twenties.’
    • ‘They take children from the age of five, most leaving in their late teens.’
    • ‘Niki began playing the piano at age four and then took up the guitar in his teens.’
    • ‘Then, when I hit my early teens, I began to change.’
    • ‘A female passenger in the car, also thought to be aged in her late teens, was thrown from the vehicle by the impact.’
    • ‘In my teens I grew adept at the tricky art of getting into mischief without getting into trouble.’
    • ‘By the time he reached his teens he showed precocious talent and at the age of 25 he was a rising star.’
    • ‘He began playing the piano at age four and played classical piano right into his teens.’
    • ‘Sean grew up in a middle-class Sikh family and devoted his teens to punk rap.’
    • ‘Organ failure ensues with death in the teens to early twenties.’
    • ‘Three youths, believed to be in their early teens, used stones to break windows.’
    • ‘So why, when they reach their teens, will some ignore what they understand?’
    adolescence, pubescence, sexual maturity, growing up
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Late 17th century: plural of teen, independent usage of -teen.