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The Collaborative Dictionary

Youngster \Young"ster\, n. A young person; a youngling; a lad. [Colloq.] "He felt himself quite a youngster, with a long life before him." --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

youngster n : a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters" [syn: child, kid, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestling]

Moby Thesaurus

breed, brood, bud, chick, children, chit, descendants, descent, family, fruit, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, heirs, hostages to fortune, inheritors, issue, juvenile, kid, kids, lineage, little ones, moppet, new generation, offspring, posterity, progeny, rising generation, seed, sons, succession, treasures, youngling, younglings, youngsters, youth



  • (UK) /ˈjʌŋstə/, /"jVNst@/
  • (US) /ˈjʌŋstɚ/, /"jVNst@`/


  1. a young, prepubescent person


A child is most often defined as a young human being between birth and puberty; a boy or girl. The legal definition of "child" generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. "Child" may also describe a relationship with a parent or authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; or it can signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "a child of nature" or "a child of the Sixties."

UN definition

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as "every human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier"..

Biological definition

Biologically, a child is anyone in the developmental stage of childhood, between infancy and adulthood.

Attitudes toward children

Social attitudes toward children differ around the world, and these attitudes have changed over time. One study has found that children in the United States are coddled and overprotected. A 1988 study on European attitudes toward the centrality of children found that Italy was more child-centric and Holland less child-centric, with other countries (Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, and West Germany) falling in between.

Age of responsibility

The age at which children are considered responsible for their own actions has also changed over time, and this is reflected in the way they are treated in courts of law. In Roman times, children were regarded as not culpable for crimes, a position later adopted by the Church. In the nineteenth century, children younger than seven years old were believed incapable of crime. Children from the age of seven were considered responsible for their actions. Hence, they could face criminal charges, be sent to adult prisons, and be punished like adults by whipping, branding or hanging.


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youngster in Arabic: طفل
youngster in Guarani: Mitã
youngster in Min Nan: Gín-á
youngster in Bulgarian: Дете
youngster in Catalan: Nen
youngster in Czech: Dítě
youngster in Zhuang: Lwgnyez
youngster in Danish: Barn
youngster in German: Kind
youngster in Estonian: Laps
youngster in Modern Greek (1453-): Παιδί
youngster in Spanish: Niño
youngster in Esperanto: Infano
youngster in Persian: کودک
youngster in French: Enfant
youngster in Irish: Leanbh
youngster in Galician: Infancia
youngster in Korean: 어린이
youngster in Croatian: Djeca
youngster in Indonesian: Anak
youngster in Icelandic: Barn
youngster in Italian: Bambino
youngster in Hebrew: ילדות
youngster in Kurdish: Zarok
youngster in Lithuanian: Vaikas
youngster in Hungarian: Gyerek
youngster in Maltese: Tifel
youngster in Dutch: Kind
youngster in Dutch Low Saxon: Kiend
youngster in Japanese: 子供
youngster in Norwegian: Barn
youngster in Narom: Éfaunt
youngster in Polish: Dziecko
youngster in Portuguese: Criança
youngster in Kölsch: Panz
youngster in Quechua: Wawa
youngster in Russian: Ребёнок
youngster in Sicilian: Picciriddu
youngster in Simple English: Child
youngster in Slovenian: Otrok
youngster in Finnish: Lapsi
youngster in Swedish: Barn
youngster in Tagalog: Anak
youngster in Vietnamese: Trẻ em
youngster in Tajik: Кӯдак
youngster in Turkish: Çocuk
youngster in Ukrainian: Дитина
youngster in Wu Chinese: 细路
youngster in Yiddish: קינד
youngster in Contenese: 細路
youngster in Chinese: 儿童
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