young: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (yung), [key]
— adj., n. young•er young•est
  1. being in the first or early stage of life or growth; youthful; not old: a young woman.
  2. having the appearance, freshness, vigor, or other qualities of youth.
  3. of or pertaining to youth: in one's young days.
  4. inexperienced or immature.
  5. not far advanced in years in comparison with another or others.
  6. junior, as applied to the younger of two persons having the same name: the young Mr. Smith.
  7. being in an early stage generally, as of existence, progress, operation, development, or maturity; new; early: a young wine; It is a young company, not yet firmly established.
  8. representing or advocating recent or progressive tendencies, policies, or the like.
  1. those who have youth; young persons collectively: the educated young of today; a game for young and old.
  2. young offspring: a mother hen protecting her young.
  3. (of an animal) pregnant.


Pronunciation: (yung), [key]
— n.
  1. born 1932, U.S. clergyman, civil-rights leader, politician, and diplomat: mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, since 1981.
  2. 1866–1944, U.S. cartoonist and author.
  3. 1801–77, U.S. Mormon leader.
  4. 1864–1922, U.S. army colonel: highest-ranking black officer in World War I.
  5. (Cy), 1867–1955, U.S. baseball player.
  6. 1683–1765, English poet.
  7. 1867–1956, Irish poet and mythologist in the U.S.
  8. born 1909, U.S. novelist and poet.
  9. 1874–1962, U.S. lawyer, industrialist, government administrator, and financier.
  10. 1881–1963, U.S. drama critic, novelist, and playwright.
  11. 1773–1829, English physician, physicist, mathematician, and Egyptologist.
  12. 1921–71, U.S. social worker and educator: executive director of the National Urban League 1961–71.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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