adjective younger (ˈjʌŋɡə) or youngest (ˈjʌŋɡɪst)
- 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
- (of mountains) formed in the Alpine orogeny and still usually rugged in outline
- another term for youthful (def. 4)
Word Origin for young
"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.