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US circa 1990, blend of alternative +‎ teen, around popularization of alternative rock in early 1990s.


alternateen (plural alternateens)

  1. A teenager into alternative rock. More generally, any counterculture youth, particularly with visible markers such as piercings.
    • 2003, Jim DeRogatis, Milk It: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the ’90s, Da Capo Press, p. 83:
      Even if you’re a cynical, pierced, and multiply-tattooed alterna-teen, you won’t have a dry eye after this one.
    • 2011, Tracy Nectoux, Out Behind the Desk, page 122:
      By the time high school rolled around, I had become a sullen alternateen who wore a lot of black and was perpetually growing her bangs out.

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