Meaning of “youth” in the English Dictionary

"youth" in British English

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youthnoun

uk /juːθ/ us /juːθ/

youth noun (PERIOD/STATE)

B2 [ S or U ] the period of your life when you are young, or the state of being young:

I was a fairly good football player 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 (= staying young).
You may not have played tennis as often as him, but at least you've got youth on your side (= you are young).

More examples

  • The old man talked about the departed triumphs of his youth.
  • The whole play can be interpreted as a lament for lost youth.
  • The novel follows the progression of a woman from youth to middle age.
  • The youth died of multiple burns.
  • A gang of youths were loitering outside the cinema.

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

"youth" in American English

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youthnoun [ C/U ]

us /juθ/

the period of your life when you are young, or the state of being young:

[ U ] I was a good football player in my youth.

Youth also refers to young people in general:

[ U ] It’s quite a job, training the youth of the country to be mature, responsible citizens.

A youth is a boy or a young man:

[ C ] Our organization helps to shape character, citizenship, and fitness in these youths.

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