Definition of young adult in English:

young adult


  • A person in their teens or early twenties.

    ‘the app is especially popular with teenagers and young adults’
    ‘she is the author of fifteen novels for young adults’
    • ‘Smith was an only child, who, over a seven-year period as a young adult, lost both her parents to cancer.’
    • ‘Nine out of 10 young adults text their friends daily.’
    • ‘He's adding 'author' to his resume after turning an old film script into a new book series for young adults.’
    • ‘Economists say many Americans, especially teens and young adults, are finding that buying and owning a car stretches their financial resources.’
    • ‘To be eligible, charities must be registered in the UK and focus on helping children and young adults in some way.’
    • ‘A novel for young adults set in South Wales launches this week - complete with illustrations by teenage Welsh artists.’
    • ‘In reviewing your body of work, one thing that struck me is the wide variety of what you write - everything from picture books about fairies to weighty historical fiction for young adults.’
    • ‘The young adults that we have taken on through the scheme have been focused, determined and driven to do well.’
    • ‘She began writing full-time in 1980 and went on to publish more than 150 books for children and young adults.’


  • Denoting or relating to fiction, films, television programmes, etc., intended or suitable for adolescents, especially those in their mid to late teens.

    ‘young adult novels’
    ‘the movies reach an audience beyond just the young adult demographic’
    • ‘This is one of those cutesy, overwritten, young adult, rom-coms that seem to be modelled on an old episode of Dawson's Creek.’
    • ‘It gives this world a unique look compared to other young adult stories.’
    • ‘It was nice asking someone who has been through the process and is kind of seasoned in the young adult franchise.’
    • ‘The four movies were adapted from young adult author Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy.’
    • ‘2013 was a year stuffed with high-profile film adaptations of young adult bestsellers.’
    • ‘I don't even acknowledge that there's another section at bookstores other than young adult.’
    • ‘Winslet returns as the icy blond authority figure crucial to every dystopian young adult story.’
    • ‘But if you're tiring of post-apocalyptic young adult book adaptations, there's nothing new here that's going to win you over.’
    • ‘Finally a TV show that captures todays young adult generation to a tee!’
    • ‘But the reality is that young adult fantasy franchises are notoriously difficult to launch.’