- the condition of being young.
- the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young.
- the time of being young; early life: His youth was spent on the farm.
- the period of life from puberty to the attainment of full growth; adolescence.
- the first or early period of anything: The business, even in its youth, showed great potential.
- young persons collectively.
- a young person, especially a young man or male adolescent.
Origin of youth
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- Isle of, an island in the Caribbean, a special municipality in S Cuba. 1182 sq. mi. (3060 sq. km).
Examples from the Web for youths
The former provides entrepreneurial training and educational programs for youths from low-income urban areas around the world.
Hardline clerics and youths suspect moderates of collaborating with the security forces.Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter
December 3, 2014
In Australia, a group of Muslim youths were convicted of gang raping a series of teenagers.The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings
August 31, 2014
He visited their families in East L.A., taking videos of the youths.How America Started The Border Crisis
July 25, 2014
An MSF centre elsewhere in Guinea was attacked in April by youths saying the charity brought Ebola into their country.
The two youths jumped with all their strength to reach the departing galley.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
One of these youths, fancying himself a mimic, had imitated the Moslems.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The youths, gripping tightly their rifles and muskets, waited.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
Homer pictures the youths and the maidens pressing the vines together.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Most of them were Shopton youths, but some, evidently, were strangers in town.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
- the quality or condition of being young, immature, or inexperiencedhis youth told against him in the contest
- the period between childhood and maturity, esp adolescence and early adulthood
- the freshness, vigour, or vitality characteristic of young peopleyouth shone out from her face
- any period of early developmentthe project was in its youth
- a young person, esp a young man or boy
- young people collectivelyyouth everywhere is rising in revolt
- Isle of Youth an island in the NW Caribbean, south of Cuba: administratively part of Cuba from 1925. Chief town: Nueva Gerona. Pop: 80 600 (2002 est). Area: 3061 sq km (1182 sq miles)Former name: Isle of Pines Spanish name: Isla de la Juventud (ˈizla ðe la xuβenˈtuð)
Word Origin and History for youths
Old English geoguð "youth," related to geong "young," from West Germanic *jugunthiz (cf. Old Saxon juguth, Old Frisian jogethe, Middle Dutch joghet, Dutch jeugd, Old High German jugund, German Jugend, Gothic junda "youth"), from the source of young (adj.)) + Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)).
The West-Germanic form was altered from Proto-Germanic *juwunthiz by influence of its contrast, *dugunthiz "ability" (source of Old English duguð). In Middle English, the medial -g- became a yogh, which then disappeared.
They said that age was truth, and that the young
Marred with wild hopes the peace of slavery