Definition of youthquake in English:



  • A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

    ‘a youthquake has altered the Westminster landscape’
    • ‘couture is undergoing something of a youthquake’
    • ‘I've grown a little bit concerned about the youthquake failing to materialize in the early voting.’
    • ‘Europe's newest country is experiencing a youthquake.’
    • ‘That year saw the peak of the great youthquake known as acid house.’
    • ‘Could such a program spark another indie-movie youthquake?’
    • ‘She became editor-in-chief at Vogue during the 1960s youthquake and helped evolve the fashion sense of the era.’
    • ‘The rock youthquake of the late '60s and '70s derailed the careers of many jazz artists.’
    • ‘Are we seeing a youthquake in reaction to his flagrant attempt at voter suppression?’
    • ‘Although a youthquake could have a large impact, it simply isn't on the cards.’
    • ‘The so-called youthquake was scheduled to hit New Zealand last weekend.’
    • ‘Beatlemania has become the gold standard against which all youthquakes are measured.’

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/ˈyo͞oTHˌkwāk/ /ˈjuθˌkweɪk/


1965 from youth + quake, on the pattern of earthquake. The first recorded use is from the January 1965 edition of the magazine Vogue, describing the upsurge of youth culture in London that occurred in the 1960s, especially as reflected in the changing fashion of the period. The word was apparently coined by Diana Vreeland, then editor-in-chief of Vogue.