Meaning of teen in English:


Pronunciation /tiːn/

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  • 1

    (also teens)
    The years of a person's age from 13 to 19.

    • ‘they were both in their late teens’
    adolescence, pubescence, sexual maturity, growing up
  • 2 informal A teenager.

    • ‘managing troubled teens has become a difficult task for parents’
    • ‘Parents have a wide range of reactions when they find out their teen is having a baby.’
    • ‘As a teen, she lived briefly in a foster home, but is now on good terms with her parents.’
    • ‘Mike asked the teen's parents if he could take the boy to the Air Force base for lunch.’
    • ‘Such meetings also give you the necessary knowledge to talk to your teen about what goes on at school.’
    • ‘If a teen is repeatedly threatening to end his or her life he may mean it.’
    • ‘The teen was also charged with one count of indecent assault of another boy.’
    • ‘The teen has run away from care several times and has also spent time in psychiatric hospitals.’
    • ‘The teen gave the evidence to police, who arrested a suspect the next day.’
    • ‘I also think that there needs to be a level of open communication with the parents of the teen.’
    • ‘He was the one that had been in the lead before the black-haired teen had passed him.’
    • ‘The black-haired teen was glad now that she had saved up so much money.’
    • ‘The black-haired teen looked behind her in horror as she saw her father emerge from the house.’
    • ‘Today's teens have more opportunities for taking dangerous risks than ever before.’
    • ‘Twenty percent of today's teens have at least one immigrant parent.’
    • ‘Finally, support of family and love will greatly help pregnant teens.’
    • ‘Teens especially don't want to stand out or seem different because they're sick.’
    • ‘You write that troubled teens become jaded and often distrustful of adults and authority.’
    • ‘Courses in parenting teens and toddlers are starting in May.’
    • ‘There is no magic formula for parenting teens but parents need to talk and listen to their children.’
    • ‘Teaching your teen to drive will take planning, patience, and time.’


informal attributive
  • Relating to teenagers.

    • ‘a teen idol’
    • ‘teen angst’
    • ‘Now you can't move for former teen idols reconfiguring themselves for an adult audience.’
    • ‘This, combined with more spending power, saw the emergence of teen idols of which Frank was one of the first.’
    • ‘If these are complex times for teenagers, they're fascinating for teen pop.’
    • ‘Two valiant teenagers have spoken out in support of teen shelters amid worries from residents.’
    • ‘The reason for this is that among the working class there is increased teen pregnancy and a tradition of marrying young.’
    • ‘She holds pretty strong views on subjects such as politics, teen issues and the world economy.’
    • ‘So most people don't want to see art films nor do they want to see generic teen comedies or spy thrillers.’
    • ‘British television has traditionally had a simple approach to teen drama.’
    • ‘This makes the distinction between teen culture and biological growth even more necessary.’
    • ‘He's spent those years educating us on various topics ranging from teen pregnancy to obesity.’
    • ‘They wanted me on the cover of teen magazines, and it didn't feel right to me.’
    • ‘Yet the unintended result was to provide the perfect soundtrack for white teen rebellion.’
    • ‘The story is crammed full of drama, awkward teen romance, and more than a little comedy.’
    • ‘She finally accepted his ambiguity as normal teen behaviour and she moved on.’
    • ‘Yet the idea that teen angst is unavoidable is pervasive in our culture.’
    • ‘In contrast the most common age at initiation now is the early teen years.’
    • ‘Despite his better mood, he did feel nostalgic for his early teen years.’
    • ‘I played this song constantly in my early teen years during one of my earlier depressive episodes.’
    • ‘Only one movie at a time could be played there, and this one was a new teen movie.’
    • ‘There is a dearth of research on general perceived self-efficacy relative to teen pregnancy.’


Late 16th century as plural noun, as an independent usage of -teen. Sense 2 of the noun dates from the early 19th century, and the adjective from the 1920s.