- superl. of young.
- a person who is the least old of a group, as the youngest member of a family: Their youngest is still in high school.
- being in the first or early stage of life or growth; youthful; not old: a young woman.
- having the appearance, freshness, vigor, or other qualities of youth.
- of or relating to youth: in one's young days.
- inexperienced or immature.
- not far advanced in years in comparison with another or others.
- junior, as applied to the younger of two persons having the same name: the young Mr. Smith.
- being in an early stage generally, as of existence, progress, operation, development, or maturity; new; early: a young wine; It is a young company, not yet firmly established.
- representing or advocating recent or progressive tendencies, policies, or the like.
- those who have youth; young persons collectively: the educated young of today; a game for young and old.
- young offspring: a mother hen protecting her young.
- with young, (of an animal) pregnant.
Origin of young
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Examples from the Web for youngest
Average age ranges from 45 to 65, with her youngest client at 18 and the oldest in her 80s.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
Republican Elise Stefanik, 30, of upstate New York, just became the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
“The youngest old man any of us knows,” an unnamed friend of Atlantic Publisher David Bradley said of Hughes.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
This week, on December 10th, Human Rights Day, she will receive the Nobel Prize—the youngest person ever to be honored.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
Wahlberg grew up the youngest of nine children in a broken home in the rough Dorchester section of Boston.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
You'll find him rocking the cradle of Tippoo Wellington, my youngest son!
I ask our youngest citizens to believe the evidence of your eyes.
The eldest was about the age of twelve, the youngest about seven.Weighed and Wanting
"Well, go on," interposed the youngest and quietest of the group.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Her sister, Norah, the youngest of the family, had told of her first baby.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- having lived, existed, or been made or known for a relatively short timea young man; a young movement; a young country
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the young
- youthful or having qualities associated with youth; vigorous or livelyshe's very young for her age
- of or relating to youthin my young days
- having been established or introduced for a relatively short timea young member
- in an early stage of progress or development; not far advancedthe day was young
- (of mountains) formed in the Alpine orogeny and still usually rugged in outline
- another term for youthful (def. 4)
- (often capital) of or relating to a rejuvenated group or movement or one claiming to represent the younger members of the population, esp one adhering to a political ideologyYoung England; Young Socialists
- (functioning as plural) offspring, esp young animalsa rabbit with her young
- with young (of animals) pregnant
- Brigham (ˈbrɪɡəm). 1801–77, US Mormon leader, who led the Mormon migration to Utah and founded Salt Lake City (1847)
- Edward. 1683–1765, English poet and dramatist, noted for his Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality (1742–45)
- Lester. 1909–59, US saxophonist and clarinetist. He was a leading early exponent of the tenor saxophone in jazz
- Neil (Percival). born 1945, Canadian rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His albums include Harvest (1972), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Ragged Glory (1990), and Prairie Wind (2005)
- Thomas. 1773–1829, English physicist, physician, and Egyptologist. He helped to establish the wave theory of light by his experiments on optical interference and assisted in the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone
Word Origin and History for youngest
"young animals collectively, offspring," late 15c., from young (adj.).
Old English geong "youthful, young," from Proto-Germanic *jungas (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian jung, Old Norse ungr, Middle Dutch jonc, Dutch jong, Old High German and German jung, Gothic juggs), from PIE *juwngkos, from PIE root *yeu- "vital force, youthful vigor" (cf. Sanskrit yuva "young," Latin juvenis "young," Lithuanian jaunas, Old Church Slavonic junu, Russian junyj "young," Old Irish oac, Welsh ieuanc "young").
From c.1830-1850, Young France, Young Italy, etc., were loosely applied to "republican agitators" in various monarchies; also, especially in Young England, Young America, used generally for "typical young person of the nation." For Young Turk, see Turk.
- British biologist whose experiments with the giant nerve cells of squid contributed to the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of nerves.
- British physician and physicist who in 1801 postulated the three-color theory of color vision. Young also discovered (1801) astigmatism and described accommodation.
- British physicist and physician who is best known for his contributions to the wave theory of light and his discovery of how the lens of the human eye changes shape to focus on objects of different distances. He also studied surface tension and elasticity, and Young's modulus (a measure of the rigidity of materials) is named for him. He is also credited with the first scientific definition of the word energy.