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youth

[yooth] /yuθ/
noun, plural youths
[yooths, yooth z] /yuθs, yuðz/ (Show IPA).
(collectively) youth.
1.
the condition of being young.
2.
the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young.
3.
the time of being young; early life:
His youth was spent on the farm.
4.
the period of life from puberty to the attainment of full growth; adolescence.
5.
the first or early period of anything:
The business, even in its youth, showed great potential.
6.
young persons collectively.
7.
a young person, especially a young man or male adolescent.
Origin of youth
900
before 900; Middle English youthe, Old English geoguth; cognate with Dutch jeugd, German Jugend
Related forms
youthless, adjective
Synonyms
3. minority, immaturity. 7. youngster, teenager, adolescent, stripling, lad, boy.
Antonyms
1, 3. maturity.

Youth

[yooth] /yuθ/
noun
1.
Isle of, an island in the Caribbean, a special municipality in S Cuba. 1182 sq. mi. (3060 sq. km).
Spanish Isla de la Juventud.
Formerly Isle of Pines.
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  • But this sacrifice of American youth did not make the world safe for anything.

  • He had accomplished the task which he had set himself in his youth.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • But what, she thought, was indeed the good of youth, in these terrible days of war?

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • “It is not well that youth should study over long,” said the old man.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Rupert looked at her as youth and love must look at love and youth.

British Dictionary definitions for youth

youth

/juːθ/
noun (pl) youths (juːðz)
1.
the quality or condition of being young, immature, or inexperienced: his youth told against him in the contest
2.
the period between childhood and maturity, esp adolescence and early adulthood
3.
the freshness, vigour, or vitality characteristic of young people: youth shone out from her face
4.
any period of early development: the project was in its youth
5.
a young person, esp a young man or boy
6.
young people collectively: youth everywhere is rising in revolt
Derived Forms
youthless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English geogoth; related to Old Frisian jogethe, Old High German iugund, Gothic junda, Latin juventus

Youth

/juːθ/
noun
1.
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)
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Word Origin and History for youth
n.

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
[Shelley]

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