How do you say YOUNG in Italian?

How exactly do you say young in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about being young in Italian. Read on to learn all you need to know!

Giovane
Young

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Young in Italian

Giovane

Giovane is how you translate young into Italian. Let’s listen to how this adjective is pronounced.

Its pronunciation is similar to JOE-vah-neh and it comes from the Latin word iuvēnis, meaning “young man”. Make sure the final -e has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!

Giovane
Young

kid playing at the playground

Like all other adjectives in Italian, giovane needs to match the gender and number of the noun.

SingularPlural
MasculineGiovaneGiovani
FeminineGiovaneGiovani

If a boy is young, you would say giovane because boy, ragazzo, is a singular noun in Italian.

Likewise, you will say giovani, if you’re talking about some girls, ragazze, which is a plural noun.

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For example, you could say…

Sono ancora giovane e ho tutta la vita davanti.
I am still young and have my whole life ahead of me.

La giovane coppia si è appena sposata.
The young couple just got married.

Questo è un problema che riguarda soprattutto i giovani.
This is a problem that mainly concerns young people.

Questa giovane attrice ha vinto numerosi premi.
This young actress won numerous awards.

young actress filming

Use giovinezza to translate youth.

La giovinezza è un periodo meraviglioso della vita.
Youth is a wonderful period of life.

La sua bellezza è rimasta intatta dalla giovinezza fino all’età adulta.
Her beauty remained unchanged from youth to adulthood.

You can use the verb ringiovanire to translate “to make something look younger”.

Fare esercizio fisico regolare aiuta a ringiovanire il corpo e a mantenerlo in salute.
Exercising regularly helps to rejuvenate the body and keep it healthy.

Questo nuovo trattamento estetico promette di ringiovanire la pelle in modo naturale.
This new aesthetic treatment promises to rejuvenate the skin naturally.

young girl at the beach

Idioms with giovane in Italian

There is a number of common idioms featuring the word for young in Italian. Some of them are…

For example, you could say…

  • giovane età (young age)
  • gioventù bruciata (wasted youth)
  • quando ero giovane… (when I was young…)
  • giovane esploratore (young explorer)

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