an age group including persons from about 12 years to about 18 years old: used as a reader category in libraries, book publishing, etc.
(plural young adults)
- This is a nebulous concept and no fixed ages can be sensibly assigned to the term.
- However . . .
- in psychology, an age-range of 18 to 40 is sometimes quoted.
- in publishing, young-adult fiction is aimed at adolescents with an age-range of 12 to 18.