Meaning of “young” in the English Dictionary

"young" in British English

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uk /jʌŋ/ us /jʌŋ/

A1 having lived or existed for only a short time and not old:

His girlfriend's very young.
The trees in this part of the forest are still fairly young.
Philippa is the youngest person in the family.
Angela is two years younger than Clare.

suitable for young people:

Be honest now - do you think this dress is a bit/too young for me (= is more suitable for someone younger)?
look young for your age

to look younger than you really are

More examples

  • Jan is married with three young children.
  • A young girl came up to me and asked for money.
  • The team has several talented young players waiting in the wings.
  • He's a very versatile young actor who's as happy in horror films as he is in TV comedies.
  • The paper is targeted specifically at young people.

youngnoun [ plural ]

uk /jʌŋ/ us /jʌŋ/
the young

B2 young people considered together as a group:

I have nothing against miniskirts, but I think they're strictly for the young.

the babies of an animal:

Meanwhile, the mother flies back to the nest to feed her young.

(Definition of “young” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"young" in American English

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youngadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /jʌŋ/

(esp. of something living) at an early stage of development or existence; not old:

Young children should not be left alone at home.
I work with wonderful young people mostly in their late teens.
The new law creates a new driver’s license for those as young as 14.

youngplural noun

us /jʌŋ/

young people in general:

Society can provide the young with valuable opportunities to help their communities.

Young are the babies of an animal:

The bird flew back to the nest to feed her young.

(Definition of “young” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)