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teens

[teenz]
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plural noun
  1. the numbers 13 through 19, especially in a progression, as the 13th through the 19th years of a lifetime or of a given or implied century.
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Origin of teens

1595–1605; teen (extracted from numbers with -teen as final element) + -s3

teen1

[teen]
noun
  1. Archaic. suffering; grief.
  2. Obsolete. injury; harm.
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Origin of teen1

before 1000; Middle English tene, Old English tēona; cognate with Old Frisian tiona, Old Saxon tiono, Old Norse tjōn

teen2

[teen]
adjective
  1. teenage.
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noun
  1. a teenager.
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Origin of teen2

First recorded in 1940–45; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for teens

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  • She was no older than Dilly, but she had seemed matronly in her teens.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • It was the plaid belonging to Stella Hardy, who had died in her teens.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • He was getting as incorrigibly sentimental as a girl in her teens!

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • If we are ever to reach the Heights of Maturity we must spend ten years in the Teens.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen

  • They had ventured to apple parings together when not yet out of their 'teens.


British Dictionary definitions for teens

teens

pl n
  1. the years of a person's life between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusive
  2. all the numbers that end in -teen
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teen1

adjective
  1. informal another word for teenage
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teen2

noun
  1. obsolete affliction or woe
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Word Origin

Old English tēona; related to Old Saxon tiono, Old Frisian tiona injury
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Word Origin and History for teens

n.

1670s (plural), "teen-age years of a person," formed from -teen taken as a separate word. As "decade of years comprising numbers ending in -teen," from 1889.

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teen

n.

"teen-aged person," 1818 (but rare before 20c.), from -teen. As an adjective meaning "of or for teen-agers," from 1947.

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