- 1[uncountable] the time of life when a person is young, especially the time before a child becomes an adult He had been a talented musician in his youth. She regrets that she spent her youth traveling and not studying.
- 2[uncountable] the quality or state of being young She brings to the job a rare combination of youth and experience. His youth gives him an advantage over the other runners.
- 3[countable] (often disapproving) a young man The fight was started by a gang of youths.
- 4the youth [plural] young people considered as a group the nation's youth the youth of today youth culture youth unemployment
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