The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Youth \Youth\ ([=u]th), n.; pl. Youths ([=u]ths; 264) or
collectively Youth. [OE. youthe, youh[thorn]e,
[yogh]uhe[eth]e, [yogh]uwe[eth]e, [yogh]eo[yogh]e[eth]e, AS.
geogu[eth], geogo[eth]; akin to OS. jugu[eth], D. jeugd, OHG.
jugund, G. jugend, Goth. junda. [root]281. See Young.]
1. The quality or state of being young; youthfulness;
juvenility. "In my flower of youth." --Milton.
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
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.