Youth n.; pl. Youths or collectively Youth.
1. The quality or state of being young; youthfulness; juvenility. “In my flower of youth.”
Such as in his face
Youth smiled celestial. --Milton.
2. 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 lordship
Would suffer him to spend his youth at home. --Shak.
Those who pass their youth in vice are justly condemned to spend their age in folly. --Rambler.
3. A young person; especially, a young man.
Seven youths from Athens yearly sent. --Dryden.
4. Young persons, collectively.
It is fit to read the best authors to youth first. --B. Jonson.