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Youth vs. Young: Know the Difference

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"Youth" refers to the time of life when one is young, often implying adolescence, while "young" is an adjective describing someone of an early age or stage.
Youth vs. Young

Key Differences

"Youth" typically refers to the period of life between childhood and adulthood, often associated with adolescence and early twenties. In contrast, "young" is an adjective used to describe someone or something that is of an early age or stage in development, not limited to humans.
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Youth is often used to denote the collective experience or characteristics of young people, emphasizing their distinct social and cultural identity. On the other hand, "young" is more broadly applied to indicate the early phase of life, growth, or existence across various contexts and species.
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The term "youth" can also imply the characteristics associated with being young, such as energy, inexperience, or potential for growth. Conversely, "young" is a descriptive term that simply denotes the opposite of old, without necessarily implying these additional characteristics.
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In societal and cultural discussions, "youth" often refers to a particular group or demographic, encompassing their perspectives, challenges, and contributions. In contrast, "young" is a general descriptor that can be used for anyone or anything in the early stages of life or existence, such as young animals, plants, or even civilizations.
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Lastly, "youth" can serve as a noun representing individuals in their youth, as in "the youth of today," while "young" is used as an adjective or adverb, as in "young children" or "young at heart."
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Comparison Chart

Part of Speech

Noun (period of life or group of young people)
Adjective/Adverb (describing early age or stage)
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Usage Context

Specific to human adolescence and early adulthood
Broad, applies to early stages of life in general
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Implication

Societal and cultural aspects of young people
Simply the state of being early in age or development
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Associations

Growth, potential, energy
Opposite of old, early phase
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Application

Specific to human demographic
Applies to all ages, species, and inanimate objects
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Cultural Relevance

Often used in discussions about society and culture
Used in general descriptions
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Typical Use

Collective experience or characteristics of young people
Description of early age or stage
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Descriptive Scope

Focused on human age group
Broad, descriptive of age across contexts
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Examples of Usage

"The youth are the future leaders."
"Young animals adapt quickly to their environment."
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Emotional Connotation

Often positive, implying potential and growth
Neutral, factual description of age
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Youth and Young Definitions

Youth

An early period or stage in the development of something.
The youth of the internet was a time of rapid innovation.
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Young

Having lived or existed for only a short time; early in life.
The young child was learning to walk.
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Youth

Young people considered as a group or demographic.
The policy changes were influenced by the voice of the youth.
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Young

Recently formed or started.
The young company was full of potential.
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Youth

The characteristics or quality of being young.
He had a sense of adventure typical of youth.
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Young

Being in an early period of life, development, or growth.
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Youth

The collective term for young people.
Today's youth face many unique challenges.
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Young

Newly begun or formed; not advanced
A young biotech company.
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Youth

The condition or quality of being young
Travel while you still have your youth.
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Young

Relating to, typical of, or suggestive of youth or early life
He is young for his age.
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Youth

The time of life between childhood and maturity
He was rebellious in his youth.
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Young

Lacking experience; immature
A young hand at plowing.
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Youth

An early period of development or existence
A nation in its youth.
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Young

Being the junior of two people having the same name.
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Youth

A young person, especially a young male in late adolescence.
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Young

(Geology) Being of an early stage in a geologic cycle. Used of bodies of water and land formations.
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Youth

(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Young people considered as a group.
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Young

Young persons considered as a group; youth
Entertainment for the young.
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Youth

(Geology) The first stage in the erosion cycle.
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Young

Offspring; brood
A lioness with her young.
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Youth

(uncountable) The quality or state of being young.
Her youth and beauty attracted him to her.
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Young

In the early part of growth or life; born not long ago.
A lamb is a young sheep;
These picture books are for young readers
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Youth

(uncountable) The part of life following childhood; the period of existence preceding maturity or age; the whole early part of life, from childhood, or, sometimes, from infancy, to adulthood.
Make the most of your youth, it will not last forever.
I made many mistakes in my youth, but learned from them all.
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Young

At an early stage of existence or development; having recently come into existence.
The age of space travel is still young;
A young business
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Youth

(countable) A young person.
There was a group of youths hanging around the parking lot, reading fashion magazines and listening to music.
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Young

(Not) advanced in age; (far towards or) at a specified stage of existence or age.
How young is your dog?
Her grandmother turned 70 years young last month.
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Youth

(countable) A young man; a male adolescent or young adult.
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Young

Junior (of two related people with the same name).
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Youth

Young persons, collectively.
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Young

(of a decade of life) Early.
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Youth

The quality or state of being young; youthfulness; juvenility.
Such as in his faceYouth smiled celestial.
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Young

Youthful; having the look or qualities of a young person.
My grandmother is a very active woman and is quite young for her age.
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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 lordshipWould suffer him to spend his youth at home.
Those who pass their youth in vice are justly condemned to spend their age in folly.
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Young

Of or belonging to the early part of life.
The cynical world soon shattered my young dreams.
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Youth

A young person; especially, a young man.
Seven youths from Athens yearly sent.
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Young

(obsolete) Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak.
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Youth

Young persons, collectively.
It is fit to read the best authors to youth first.
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Young

(often as if a plural noun) Offspring, especially the immature offspring of animals.
The lion caught a gnu to feed its young.
The lion's young are curious about the world around them.
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Youth

A young person (especially a young man or boy)
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Young

To become or seem to become younger.
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Youth

Young people collectively;
Rock music appeals to the young
Youth everywhere rises in revolt
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Young

To cause to appear younger.
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Youth

The time of life between childhood and maturity
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Young

(geology) To exhibit younging.
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Youth

Early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced
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Young

Not long born; still in the first part of life; not yet arrived at adolescence, maturity, or age; not old; juvenile; - said of animals; as, a young child; a young man; a young fawn.
For he so young and tender was of age.
"Whom the gods love, die young," has been too long carelessly said; . . . whom the gods love, live young forever.
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Youth

An early period of development;
During the youth of the project
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Young

Being in the first part, pr period, of growth; as, a young plant; a young tree.
While the fears of the people were young.
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Youth

The freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person
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Young

Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak.
Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this.
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Youth

The period between childhood and adult age.
The summer camp was designed for the youth.
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Young

The offspring of animals, either a single animal or offspring collectively.
[The egg] bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclosedTheir callow young.
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Young

Any immature animal
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United States film and television actress (1913-2000)
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United States civil rights leader (1921-1971)
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British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829)
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United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)
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English poet (1683-1765)
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United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)
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United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877)
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Young

Young people collectively;
Rock music appeals to the young
Youth everywhere rises in revolt
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Young

(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth;
Young people
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Young

(of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity;
New potatoes
Young corn
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Young

Being in the early stages of growth or development.
Young plants need careful nurturing.
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Young

New or inexperienced.
She was a young artist with fresh ideas.
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Young

Characterized by the freshness or vigor associated with youth.
He maintained a young spirit well into his seventies.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is "youth" a singular or plural noun?

"Youth" can be both singular and plural, referring to either an individual young person or young people collectively.
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What does "young" mean?

"Young" is an adjective used to describe someone or something that is in the early stages of life or development, or has not reached full maturity.
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Can something be both "young" and "youthful"?

Yes, something can be both "young" in terms of age and "youthful" in terms of having an energetic or youthful quality.
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What age range does "youth" encompass?

The age range for "youth" can vary by context and culture but generally includes individuals from adolescence to early adulthood.
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Can "youth" also describe a state of mind or attitude?

Yes, "youth" can be used metaphorically to describe a youthful or energetic state of mind or behavior.
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What does "youth" mean?

"Youth" refers to the period of life between childhood and adulthood, typically associated with young people or teenagers.
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Is there a difference between "youth" and "youthfulness"?

Yes, "youth" typically refers to the stage of life, while "youthfulness" refers to the quality of being youthful or full of energy.
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Is "young" always related to age?

While "young" often refers to age, it can also be used metaphorically to describe something that is new, fresh, or recently created.
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Are there synonyms for "young"?

Synonyms for "young" include youthful, juvenile, adolescent, and youthful, depending on the context.
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Can "young" describe both living beings and inanimate objects?

Yes, "young" can describe people, animals, plants, and objects that are in their early stages of growth or existence.
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What's the opposite of "young"?

The opposite of "young" is "old" or "elderly," depending on the context.
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Is "young" always a positive attribute?

Not necessarily. "Young" simply describes age or stage of development and can be positive or neutral, depending on the context.
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Is there a specific age range that defines "young"?

The age range considered "young" can vary, but it generally includes individuals from infancy to early adulthood.
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Can "young" be a relative term?

Yes, what is considered "young" can vary based on cultural, societal, and individual perspectives.
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How is "young" different from "youth"?

"Young" is an adjective used to describe age or the early stage of something's existence, while "youth" is a noun referring to a specific stage of life.
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Can "young" be used to describe a person's appearance?

Yes, "young" can describe a person's physical appearance, indicating that they appear youthful or not showing signs of aging.
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Can "young" be used to describe an idea or concept?

Yes, "young" can be used metaphorically to describe a new or emerging idea or concept.
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Is there a distinction between "young" and "youthful" in describing people?

Yes, "young" typically refers to age, while "youthful" describes a person who displays characteristics associated with youth, such as energy and vitality.
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Can "young" be used to describe animals in the wild?

Yes, "young" is commonly used to describe the offspring or juveniles of animals in their early stages of life.
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Can "young" be used to describe a period in history or a company's existence?

Yes, "young" can be applied to historical periods, companies, or organizations to indicate a recent or early stage.
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