What does Youth mean?

Definitions for Youth
yuθ; yuθs, yuðzyouth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. young person, youth, younker, spring chickennoun

    a young person (especially a young man or boy)

  2. young, youthnoun

    young people collectively

    "rock music appeals to the young"; "youth everywhere rises in revolt"

  3. youthnoun

    the time of life between childhood and maturity

  4. youthnoun

    early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced

  5. youth, early daysnoun

    an early period of development

    "during the youth of the project"

  6. youth, youthfulness, juvenilitynoun

    the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person


  1. youthnoun

    The quality or state of being young.

    Her youth and beauty is what attracted him to her.

  2. youthnoun

    The part of life following childhood; the period of existence preceding maturity or age; the whole early part of life, from childhood, or, sometimes, from infancy, to manhood.

  3. youthnoun

    A young person

    There were a group of youths hanging around the parking lot, reading fashion magazines and listening to music.

  4. youthnoun

    A young man

  5. youthnoun

    (used in plural form) Young persons, collectively.

  6. Etymology: geoguþ, from West Germanic *juwunþ-, from a base corresponding to young + -th. Cognate with Dutch, German.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. YOUTHnoun

    Etymology: yeoguð , Saxon.

    But could youth last, and love still breed,
    Had joys no date, and age no need;
    Then these delights my mind might move,
    To live with thee, and be thy love. William Shakespeare.

    See how the morning opes her golden gates,
    And takes her farewel of the glorious sun;
    How well resembles it the prime of youth,
    Trim’d like a yonker, prancing to his love. William Shakespeare.

    His starry helm unbuckled show’d him prime
    In manhood, where youth ended. John Milton.

    The solidity, quantity, and strength of the aliment is to be proportioned to the labour or quantity of muscular motion, which in youth is greater than any other age. Arbuthnot.

    Siward’s son,
    And many unrough youths even now,
    Protest their first of manhood. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If this were seen,
    The happiest youth viewing his progress through,
    What perils past, what crosses to ensue,
    Would shut the book and sit him down and die. William Shakespeare.

    About him exercis’d heroick games
    Th’ unarmed youth of heav’n. John Milton.

    O’er the lofty gate his art emboss’d
    Androgeos’ death, and off’rings to his ghost;
    Sev’n youths from Athens yearly sent, to meet
    The fate appointed by revengeful Crete. Dryden.

    The pious chief
    A hundred youths from all his train elects,
    And to the Latian court their course directs. Dryden.

    As it is fit to read the best authors to youth first, so let them be of the openest and clearest; as Livy before Sallust, Philip Sidney before John Donne. Ben Jonson.

    The graces put not more exactly on
    Th’ attire of Venus, when the ball she won,
    Than that young beauty by thy care is drest,
    When all your youth prefers her to the rest. Edmund Waller.


  1. Youth

    Youth is the time of life when one is young, and often means the time between childhood and adulthood (maturity). It is also defined as "the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young". Its definitions of a specific age range varies, as youth is not defined chronologically as a stage that can be tied to specific age ranges; nor can its end point be linked to specific activities, such as taking unpaid work or having sexual relations.Youth is an experience that may shape an individual's level of dependency, which can be marked in various ways according to different cultural perspectives. Personal experience is marked by an individual's cultural norms or traditions, while a youth's level of dependency means the extent to which they still rely on their family emotionally and economically.


  1. youth

    Youth refers to the period of life between childhood and adulthood, typically characterized by a transitional phase of physical, cognitive, and emotional development. It encompasses individuals who are considered young based on societal and cultural norms, usually ranging from adolescence to early adulthood. This stage is often associated with exploration, self-discovery, forming personal identities, acquiring skills and knowledge, and preparing for future roles and responsibilities in society.

  2. Youth

    Youth refers to the period of human life between childhood and adulthood, typically encompassing the teenage years and early adulthood. It is a stage characterized by physical and cognitive development, exploring personal identity, striving for independence, and facing various social, emotional, and educational challenges. Youth is often associated with energy, enthusiasm, and the exploration of personal interests, as individuals transition from dependence on parents or caregivers to becoming more self-reliant and responsible members of society.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Youth

    of Youth

  2. Youthnoun

    the quality or state of being young; youthfulness; juvenility

  3. Youthnoun

    the part of life that succeeds to childhood; the period of existence preceding maturity or age; the whole early part of life, from childhood, or, sometimes, from infancy, to manhood

  4. Youthnoun

    a young person; especially, a young man

  5. Youthnoun

    young persons, collectively

  6. Etymology: [OE. youthe, youhe, uhee, uwee, eoee, AS. geogu, geogo; akin to OS. jugu, D. jeugd, OHG. jugund, G. jugend, Goth. junda. 281. See Young.]


  1. Youth

    Youth is generally the time of life between childhood and adulthood. Definitions of the specific age range that constitutes youth vary. An individual's actual maturity may not correspond to their chronological age, as immature individuals can exist at all ages. Youth is also defined as "the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young". Youth is a term used for people of both sexes, male and female, of a young age.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Youth

    yōōth, n. state of being young: early life: a young person: young persons taken together: (Shak.) recentness, freshness.—adj. Youth′ful, pertaining to youth or early life: young: suitable to youth: fresh: buoyant, vigorous.—adv. Youth′fully.—ns. Youth′fulness; Youth′head, Youth′hood (obs.), youth.—adjs. Youth′ly (Spens.), young, youthful; Youth′some, youthful; Youth′y, young. [A.S. geogothgeong, young; Ger. jugend.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. YOUTH

    The dynamo that makes the world go round; a product of its own generation, with its wires carrying Power into the high places of Earth and with its currents of Thought short-circuited only by bigoted Old Age.

Editors Contribution

  1. youth

    To begin adulthood.

    They both retained that feeling of youth as they chose to be active, energetic, open minded and loving.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Youth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1925

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Youth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2451

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Youth' in Nouns Frequency: #741

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Youth in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Youth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Youth in a Sentence

  1. Pope Shenouda III, Pope & Patriach of Alexandria:

    A Church without Youth is a Church without a future. Moreover, Youth without a Church is Youth without a future.

  2. Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

  3. Van Gundy:

    Running back on defense has nothing to do with youth and inexperience. Getting down and competing defensively has nothing to do with youth and inexperience. Blocking people out, nothing to do with youth and inexperience. Getting beaten on a cut, nothing to do with youth and inexperience, i don't think, tonight, our lack of experience had anything to do with the result. Nothing.

  4. Delaney Tarr:

    The strongest thing we have going for us at this time is that this is a youth’s movement – this is led by the youth and for the youth, and if we can encourage these people to take action, to be participating in our society and in our politics, that’s going to actually encourage our voters to actually turn out.

  5. Stephen Timms:

    There is a bit of sense perhaps that we are now starting to see the consequences of the reduction in police funding, perhaps also funding for youth activities, many of which have gone as a result of austerity, youth provision is very, very thin now. There used to be quite a big program of activity with organizations providing clubs and youth activities -- that's now largely gone.

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