Definition of youth in English:



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

    ‘he had been a keen sportsman in his youth’
    • ‘The family oriented residential event offered a full programme of presentations, seminars and workshops for the youth and adults.’
    • ‘The youth bust and old age boom will change the states' dependency ratios.’
    • ‘The youth were overwhelmingly from secondary schools, with an average age of 14 to 17.’
    • ‘We have not heard of any of the youth or the young adults who may be involved.’
    • ‘The focus of this project is youth leading youth, rather than youth being directed by adults.’
    • ‘There was a period when the youth were seen avoiding temples or any religious activities.’
    • ‘The comment from the youth that their age group is not catered for is correct.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A second youth Andrew Hilton has also been given an ASBO and banned from the village in the evenings.’
    • ‘In terms of the severity, there was no difference between the youth and adult groups.’
    • ‘You aren't yet of age but a strong youth may turn into a stronger adult!’
    • ‘A treasure hunt has been organised by the youth club for the youth of the area.’
    • ‘Minority youth are the most enthusiastic and prolific readers of all.’
    • ‘Stories are told about different aspects of the life of the Prophet, his birth, childhood, youth and adult life.’
    • ‘It was hoped, Witbooi added, that this would sensitise the youth on what was wrong and right in society.’
    • ‘Down the hall, the youth committee is struggling to find adults to chaperone the youth service project.’
    • ‘Considering the youth of that second group, we'll call its members the Eager Eight.’
    • ‘What changed, he said, wasn't so much the behavior of the police, but the expectations of the poor, especially the minority youth.’
    • ‘He describes Patton's childhood, youth, and middle age fairly well.’
    early years, early life, young days, teens, teenage years, adolescence, young adulthood, boyhood, girlhood, childhood
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    1. 1.1mass noun The qualities of vigour, freshness, or immaturity as associated with being young.
      ‘she imagined her youth and beauty fading’
      • ‘This country has to stay young, and will draw its youth and vigour from the new faces that are bound to come to power.’
      • ‘These are days of freshness, of youth and of fresh talent.’
      • ‘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.’
      youthfulness, youngness, freshness, bloom
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    2. 1.2in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The behaviour of gangs of youths has been making life a nightmare for some residents.’
    • ‘A pupil at Wright Robinson Sports College is recovering from a knife attack by a youth as he left school.’
    • ‘The second youth, probably seeking to rescue the first, was probably overcome by fumes as well.’
    • ‘A second youth was struck in the head, reportedly with a chair.’
    • ‘The second youth has yet to learn of his punishment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the day of the attack, a gang of youths had marched into the school's foyer at lunchtime.’
    • ‘The set-up of the court is different from that for adults so the youth on trial feels more a part of the process.’
    • ‘Nuisance caused by gangs of noisy youths congregating in the alleys has also stopped.’
    • ‘The claim was proved to be fraudulent and the youth received 200 hours of community service.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Police have taken action to stop large gangs of youths congregating on church grounds.’
    • ‘A father of two was beaten to death as he confronted a gang of youths outside his parents' home.’
    • ‘Gangs of youths are making life hell for residents and traders in Rodbourne Cheney.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In an attack last weekend, an information board was targeted by a gang of youths.’
    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’
      • ‘It's a daring look at contemporary youth culture, exploring issues like identity, religion, sexual awakening and power.’
      • ‘From the very beginning this new youth culture crossed national borders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The televised trial has drawn national attention in a country where youth sports are popular and competitive.’
      • ‘The double standard that black youth feel operating in their communities is undermining their faith in black leaders to walk their talk.’
      • ‘She shows how Hispanic minors are poised to overtake African Americans as the largest ethnic youth population in the country.’
      • ‘Shock, them, disturb them, draw their attention away from the popular culture of youth and joy.’
      • ‘Music halls, theaters, book shops, and art galleries attract crowds of middle-class youth.’
      • ‘An affinity with Britain's emerging youth culture is already apparent in his debut feature It's Trad, Dad!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Complicating the issue of national identity was the rise of a distinct and separate youth culture.’
      • ‘Britpop was Trainspotting's main vehicle to integrate youth subculture into popular culture.’
      • ‘There are at least two key aspects of youth culture in 1980s Britain which, I feel, will never be ‘revived’.’
      • ‘To understand Northtown in the '80s is to understand Minnesota suburban youth culture in those days.’
      • ‘Sister Bliss's big beats aren't really the soundtrack to youth culture anymore though, rather a nostalgic reminder of pills, parties and puberty.’
      • ‘I guess I worry about talking about youth culture generally, because I think it's such a small slice of youth culture.’
      • ‘At the minute we're the mainstay of youth culture.’
      • ‘In sensuality or in violence, youth cultures in many African societies express their outrage and subvert the social norms.’
      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.