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  • n. a young person (especially a young man or boy)


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  • By it child is defined to mean a person under the age of fourteen years, while the expression young person means one between fourteen and sixteen years of age.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • The young person who lifts the pearl door-screen is very beautiful.

    Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems Translated From the Chinese

  • On inquiry, he was told that this young person was Miss Milbanke, an only child, and one of the largest heiresses in England.

    Lady Byron Vindicated

  • Rutherford's eyes narrowed on the young person beside her.

    Ungrateful Governess

  • The affair of the stolen box was much talked about along Sudbury way, and Miss Jerrold got to be considered quite a desirable young person among some of the youth near there, though she is a frowsy-headed creature, and not as neat in her personal attire as a young girl should be.

    Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography

  • I recall my enthusiasm on the day when I set forth to lecture at New Harmony, Indiana, for I had early been thrilled by the tale of Robert Owen, as every young person must be who is interested in social reform; I was delighted to find so much of his spirit still clinging to the little town which had long ago held one of his ardent experiments, although the poor old co√∂perators, who for many years claimed friendship at Hull-House because they heard that we had once tried a co√∂perative

    Twenty Years at Hull-House, With Autobiographical Notes

  • The young person (eight-and-twenty) who came yesterday for housemaid and lady's-maid also promises excellently.

    New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • & be backed correctly, & folded up in the usual manner & of the usual size, as that a young person should be neatly & fashonably dressed when he appears in the company of strangers.

    Letter from David M. Lees to Hugh M. Lees, March 17, 1829

  • I got acquainted at the Chasattes with some other boarders and their friends, and among the rest, with a young person of fourteen, called Mademoiselle Serre, whom I did not much notice at that time, though I was in love with her eight or nine years afterwards, and with great reason, for she was a most charming girl.

    The Confessions of J J Rousseau

  • Now it is not easy for a young person in a mantua-maker's show-room persistently to keep her back turned upon a party of customers, and Kirsteen, to give herself a countenance, began to arrange carefully the draping of a piece of silk over a stand, so as to appear to be very much occupied and absorbed in her occupation.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago


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