Definition of youth in US English:



  • 1in singular The period between childhood and adult age.

    ‘he had been a keen sportsman in his youth’
    • ‘The youth were overwhelmingly from secondary schools, with an average age of 14 to 17.’
    • ‘There was a period when the youth were seen avoiding temples or any religious activities.’
    • ‘In terms of the severity, there was no difference between the youth and adult groups.’
    • ‘The focus of this project is youth leading youth, rather than youth being directed by adults.’
    • ‘You aren't yet of age but a strong youth may turn into a stronger adult!’
    • ‘Minority youth are the most enthusiastic and prolific readers of all.’
    • ‘Considering the youth of that second group, we'll call its members the Eager Eight.’
    • ‘A second youth Andrew Hilton has also been given an ASBO and banned from the village in the evenings.’
    • ‘The youth bust and old age boom will change the states' dependency ratios.’
    • ‘What changed, he said, wasn't so much the behavior of the police, but the expectations of the poor, especially the minority youth.’
    • ‘We have not heard of any of the youth or the young adults who may be involved.’
    • ‘He describes Patton's childhood, youth, and middle age fairly well.’
    • ‘Stories are told about different aspects of the life of the Prophet, his birth, childhood, youth and adult life.’
    • ‘Down the hall, the youth committee is struggling to find adults to chaperone the youth service project.’
    • ‘It was hoped, Witbooi added, that this would sensitise the youth on what was wrong and right in society.’
    • ‘The family oriented residential event offered a full programme of presentations, seminars and workshops for the youth and adults.’
    • ‘The comment from the youth that their age group is not catered for is correct.’
    • ‘A treasure hunt has been organised by the youth club for the youth of the area.’
    • ‘As I approach middle age I find maturity is best summed up as 40 is the old age of youth and 50 is the youth of old age.’
    • ‘There was no statistical difference between the youth and adult groups in the distribution of diagnoses of injuries.’
    early years, early life, young days, teens, teenage years, adolescence, young adulthood, boyhood, girlhood, childhood
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    1. 1.1 The state or quality of being young, especially as associated with vigor, freshness, or immaturity.
      ‘she imagined her youth and beauty fading’
      • ‘These are days of freshness, of youth and of fresh talent.’
      • ‘This country has to stay young, and will draw its youth and vigour from the new faces that are bound to come to power.’
      • ‘The qualities of youth and beauty were regarded as a fitting gift for their gods.’
      • ‘You have an endearing quality of youth and innocence that attracts people around you today.’
      youthfulness, youngness, freshness, bloom
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    2. 1.2 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’
    • ‘A father of two was beaten to death as he confronted a gang of youths outside his parents' home.’
    • ‘The set-up of the court is different from that for adults so the youth on trial feels more a part of the process.’
    • ‘The youth, filmed over a two-and-a-half hour period, wore a white handkerchief across the lower part of his face in an attempt to hide his identity from police cameras.’
    • ‘Gangs of youths are making life hell for residents and traders in Rodbourne Cheney.’
    • ‘On the day of the attack, a gang of youths had marched into the school's foyer at lunchtime.’
    • ‘The behaviour of gangs of youths has been making life a nightmare for some residents.’
    • ‘He relives his childhood as a lonely youth whose only human contact seems to be his parents.’
    • ‘There were a gang of hard looking youths hanging around near the spot where the car should be parked.’
    • ‘A second youth was struck in the head, reportedly with a chair.’
    • ‘The second youth has yet to learn of his punishment.’
    • ‘A pupil at Wright Robinson Sports College is recovering from a knife attack by a youth as he left school.’
    • ‘One youth aged 17, had been released from a four-month custody sentence for a racist attack on a Turkish worker at his Acomb shop only days before the incident.’
    • ‘The claim was proved to be fraudulent and the youth received 200 hours of community service.’
    • ‘Children and youths are our responsibility and it is us who are letting down our youngsters.’
    • ‘But as a callow youth and a shallow adult, I turned to the Flat and frankly didn't much care for the jumps.’
    • ‘The second youth was white, aged 13 to 14, about 4 foot four inches tall, dressed in a similar fashion with a dark blue or black woolly hat.’
    • ‘Police have taken action to stop large gangs of youths congregating on church grounds.’
    • ‘In an attack last weekend, an information board was targeted by a gang of youths.’
    • ‘Nuisance caused by gangs of noisy youths congregating in the alleys has also stopped.’
    • ‘The second youth, probably seeking to rescue the first, was probably overcome by fumes as well.’
    young man, boy, lad, youngster, juvenile, teenager, adolescent, junior, minor, young one
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    1. 2.1treated as singular or plural Young people considered as a group.
      as modifier ‘youth culture’
      ‘middle-class youth have romanticized poverty’
      • ‘The book was timely, arriving at a time when youth culture was just kicking off in Britain, and linked nicely with the existentialist thought slowly filtering in from France.’
      • ‘I am one of the great army of black youth of this country who feels with the intuitive instinct of the oppressed, that a crisis is imminent.’
      • ‘Shock, them, disturb them, draw their attention away from the popular culture of youth and joy.’
      • ‘Raves and free parties first emerged on the UK dance scene in the late 1980s and dominated youth culture until the mid-1990s.’
      • ‘For urban teenagers, American youth culture, especially clothing and music, is very popular.’
      • ‘At the minute we're the mainstay of youth culture.’
      • ‘From the very beginning this new youth culture crossed national borders.’
      • ‘The televised trial has drawn national attention in a country where youth sports are popular and competitive.’
      • ‘I guess I worry about talking about youth culture generally, because I think it's such a small slice of youth culture.’
      • ‘Britpop was Trainspotting's main vehicle to integrate youth subculture into popular culture.’
      • ‘Music halls, theaters, book shops, and art galleries attract crowds of middle-class youth.’
      • ‘To understand Northtown in the '80s is to understand Minnesota suburban youth culture in those days.’
      • ‘An affinity with Britain's emerging youth culture is already apparent in his debut feature It's Trad, Dad!’
      • ‘She shows how Hispanic minors are poised to overtake African Americans as the largest ethnic youth population in the country.’
      • ‘In sensuality or in violence, youth cultures in many African societies express their outrage and subvert the social norms.’
      • ‘Complicating the issue of national identity was the rise of a distinct and separate youth culture.’
      • ‘There are at least two key aspects of youth culture in 1980s Britain which, I feel, will never be ‘revived’.’
      • ‘Sister Bliss's big beats aren't really the soundtrack to youth culture anymore though, rather a nostalgic reminder of pills, parties and puberty.’
      • ‘It's a daring look at contemporary youth culture, exploring issues like identity, religion, sexual awakening and power.’
      • ‘The double standard that black youth feel operating in their communities is undermining their faith in black leaders to walk their talk.’
      young people, young, younger generation, rising generation, next generation
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Old English geoguth, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch jeugd, German Jugend, also to young.