Meaning of “teenager” in the English Dictionary

"teenager" in British English

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teenagernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtiːnˌeɪ.dʒər/ us /ˈtiːnˌeɪ.dʒɚ/ informal teen

A2 a young person between 13 and 19 years old:

The magazine is aimed at teenagers and young adults.

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  • He was a bit of a rebel when he was a teenager and dyed his hair pink and had his nose pierced.
  • As a teenager, Clare was always getting on the wrong side of her mother.
  • Many parents find it hard to relate to their children when they are teenagers.
  • He found it very hard teaching a class full of stroppy teenagers.
  • It's pathetic to see 50-year-old rock stars prancing around on stage as if they were still teenagers.
adjective [ before noun ] uk /ˈtiːnˌeɪdʒ/ us /ˈtiːnˌeɪdʒ/ also teenaged, uk /-eɪdʒd/ us , informal teen


  • The government is clamping down on teenage drinking.
  • The magazine, which gives frank advice about sex and romance, is aimed at the teenage market.
  • A lot more frankness is needed in sex education if we are to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies.
  • Her latest book is a humorous look at teenage life.
  • Do you think it's true that teenage girls are less self-confident than their male peers?


a teenage nephew

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

"teenager" in American English

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teenagernoun [ C ]

us /ˈtinˌeɪ·dʒər/ short form teen, /tin/

a person who is 13 through 19 years old

adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈtinˌeɪdʒ/ also teenaged, /ˈtinˌeɪdʒd/ , short form teen, /tin/

They have two teenage sons.

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