• The youth tries to catch the hen as the Sister of the Sun watches
    The youth tries to catch the hen as the Sister of the Sun watches
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n youth the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person
    • n youth young people collectively "rock music appeals to the young","youth everywhere rises in revolt"
    • n youth a young person (especially a young man or boy)
    • n youth early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced
    • n youth the time of life between childhood and maturity
    • n youth an early period of development "during the youth of the project"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The king, the youth and the Sister of the Sun The king, the youth and the Sister of the Sun
The youth sees the sultan's daughter riding by The youth sees the sultan's daughter riding by
The youth bows before the sultan, as birds fly around him The youth bows before the sultan, as birds fly around him
He found a beautiful youth He found a beautiful youth
The four youths mounted the eagles The four youths mounted the eagles
Laocoon and two youths Laocoon and two youths

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In his youth, United States president George W. Bush used to play for the Midland (Texas) Central Little League. He played the position of the catcher
    • Youth A young person; especially, a young man. "Seven youths from Athens yearly sent."
    • Youth The part of life that succeeds to childhood; the period of existence preceding maturity or age; the whole early part of life, from childhood, or, sometimes, from infancy, to manhood. "He wondered that your lordship
      Would suffer him to spend his youth at home."
      "Those who pass their youth in vice are justly condemned to spend their age in folly."
    • Youth The quality or state of being young; youthfulness; juvenility. "In my flower of youth .""Such as in his face Youth smiled celestial."
    • Youth Young persons, collectively. "It is fit to read the best authors to youth first."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in his youth at a beach near Dixon, Illinois and saved over 77 lives
    • n youth The condition of being young; youthfulness; youngness; juvenility.
    • n youth The age from puberty up to the attainment of full growth. In a general sense, youth denotes the whole early part of life, from infancy to maturity; but it is not unusual to divide the stages of life into infancy, childhood, youth, and manhood. Thus limited, youth includes that early period of manhood or womanhood upon which one enters at puberty, with the establishment of the sexual functions, and in which one continues until the skeleton is completely ossified by the consolidation of the epiphyses of the long bones, so that there is no further increase in stature, and all the teeth are in permanent functional position.
    • n youth A young person; especially, a young man. In this sense it has a plural.
    • n youth Young persons collectively.
    • n youth Recentness; freshness; brief date.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient religions, the Norsemen considered the mistletoe a baleful plant that caused the death of Baldur, the shining god of youth.
    • n Youth yōōth state of being young: early life: a young person: young persons taken together:
    • n Youth yōōth (Shak.) recentness, freshness
    • ***


  • Henri Estienne
    Henri Estienne
    “If youth knew; if age could.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Fame is the thirst of youth.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?”
  • George Herbert
    “Time is the rider that breaks youth.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. youthe, youhþe, ȝuheðe, ȝuweðe, ȝeoȝeðe, AS. geoguð, geogoð,; akin to OS. juguð, D. jeugd, OHG. jugund, G. jugend, Goth. junda,. √281,. See Young
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. geogothgeong, young; Ger. jugend.


In literature:

By Allah, he would give his life for that sweet youth.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Evidently such a youth was not likely to depend for the attainment of a foothold in life on a piece of family privilege.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
None of the horses so much as raised his head, and the heart of the youth became like lead.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Rupert looked at her as youth and love must look at love and youth.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Several peculiarities about the strange Indians interested the youth.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
St. Augustin calls the greediness of his youth a crime.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
The youth turned like a flash the instant the first word fell upon his ear.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
My earliest youth was spent in pleasing sports under my mother's eyes.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
He was a humble enough youth who had played a trifling part in life.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
All the candour of youth was there, as well as all youth's passionate purity.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

So pass away our early years,
Youth sinks into decay,
And age, like autumn soon appears,
And quick we pass away.
"Autumn" by James McCauley
No looks austere may chill the flow
Of happy spirits bright;
While home amusements innocent,
The youthful ones delight.
"How To Make Home Happy" by Lizzie E Palmer
One merciful twilight hour,
hear my pain, bend your head.
They say there is youth in the world.
Where has my youth fled?
"Take Me Under Your Wing" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
Lightly I sped when hope was high
And youth beguiled the chase,--
I follow, follow still: But I
Shall never see her face.
"The Unrealised Ideal" by Frederick Locker-Lampson
In youth he wrought, with eyes ablur,
Lorn-faced and long of hair--
In youth--in youth he painted her
A sister of the air--
Could clasp her not, but felt the stir
Of pinions everywhere.
"The Wife-Blessed" by James Whitcomb Riley
Oh! the happy days o' youth are fast gaun by,
And age is coming on, wi' its bleak winter sky;
An' whar shall we shelter frae its storms when they blaw,
When the gladsome days o' youth are flown awa'?
"The Happy Days O' Youth" by Robert Gilfillan

In news:

Activities for youth include carving pumpkins for Halloween.
We had so much fun with the kids at the Berkeley County Youth Fair.
Missy Franklin leads youth movement with gold in 100-meter backstroke .
NY choreographer works with Vail Youth Ballet Company dancers.
Substance misuse is a growing problem among Bangalore 's youth, but little help is on offer for those who seek treatment in one of the city's addiction centres.
COLUMBIA — A former bank manager and treasurer of a defunct Columbia youth soccer league has been indicted on charges of embezzling $30,000.
Morricone Youth Silenzio Violento Silenzio Violento Country Club.
Last weekend in La Jolla was spectacular – the weather, the water and especially the Cliffridge Park fields where La Jolla Youth Baseball is getting started.
Members of the crew spent quality time interacting with the youth and treating all the youth to a night out at McDonald's.
The two are members of the New York State Youth Leadership Council, a nonprofit, youth-led organization that fights for immigrant rights.
Youth Radio senior producer Nishat Kurwa, left, and program participant Shyra Gums, center, display their National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Ignoring youth health issues, teen pregnancy chief among them, is inviting long-term complications, Democratic candidate for state House District 118 Spencer Frye said to a group of youth health advocates Tuesday afternoon.
Youth to Youth spirit of Shep on Sandy.
Three of the four area youths chosen to serve as Grange ambassadors are, from left, Junior Grange Princess Hannah Leibensperger, Youth Ambassador Ashley Mohn and Junior Grange Prince Joshua Mengel.
Some of the tristate area's youth gathered today at the Ten Rivers Pheasant Forever Youth Hunt .

In science:

Huge bursts of star formation, triggering violently driven winds, will be but one of the many diverse manifestations marking the Universe’s youthful years.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Of course the youth of the experiments, and of the analyses, ensures that agreement between the two experiments does not always come with the first presentations; this is healthy.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
We have collected from the literature data for a list of early-type stars, situated at large distnces from the galactic plane, for which evidence of youth seems convincing.
Young stars at large distances from the galactic plane: mechanisms of formation
But the youth of quite a number of them seems well established, as shown by accurate determinations of surface gravities and colors, high resolution spectral studies, detailed abundance determinations, rotational velocities, etc.
Young stars at large distances from the galactic plane: mechanisms of formation
The evidence for the youth of these stars comes from detailed, high resolution abundance studies not only of elements of the CNO group, but also of heavier elements.
Young stars at large distances from the galactic plane: mechanisms of formation