youth Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “youth” in the English Dictionary

"youth" in British English

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uk   us   /juːθ/

youth noun (PERIOD/STATE)

B2 [S or U] the ​period of ​yourlife when you are ​young, or the ​state of being ​young: I was a ​fairly good ​footballplayer in my youth. The first ​volume is the author's ​account of his misspent youth in the ​bars of Dublin. He ​looks like a man who's ​found the ​secret to eternal youth (= ​stayingyoung). You may not have ​playedtennis as often as him, but at least you've got youth on ​yourside (= you are ​young).
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youth noun (BOY)

[C] disapproving a ​boy or a ​young man: Gangs of youths were ​throwingstones and ​bottles at the ​police.

youth noun (YOUNG PEOPLE)

B1 [U, + sing/pl verb] youngpeople, both ​male and ​female, ​considered as a ​group: the youth of today the nation's ​disaffected youth
(Definition of youth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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youthnoun [C/U]

 us   /juθ/
the ​period of ​yourlife when you are ​young, or the ​state of being ​young: [U] I was a good ​footballplayer in my youth. Youth also refers to ​youngpeople in ​general: [U] It’s ​quite a ​job, ​training the youth of the ​country to be ​mature, ​responsiblecitizens. A youth is a ​boy or a ​young man: [C] Our ​organizationhelps to ​shapecharacter, ​citizenship, and ​fitness in these youths.
(Definition of youth from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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