Definition of girl in English:

girl

Syllabification: girl
Pronunciation: /ɡərl
 
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noun

1A female child.
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  • What then happens to efforts to increase female literacy and encourage girls to go to school?
  • Schools were segregated and male teachers were replaced by females at girls ' schools.
  • He and a female pedestrian comforted the girl at the roadside, and contacted the police.
1.1A person’s daughter, especially a young one: he was devoted to his little girl
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  • She has five grandchildren, her daughter's two girls and her son's three boys.
  • They enjoyed a break away with their daughter Samantha and her twin girls Rebecca and Crystal.
  • I have a lot of issues about my ex girlfriend and my little girl.
2A young or relatively young woman.
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  • Because the Burman traditionally do not date, it is difficult for young boys and girls to meet.
  • In years gone by a young man and a young girl would meet and like what they saw and would start to go out with each other.
  • While sneaking out of work I met two young girls, around the ages fourteen and fifteen.
Synonyms
young woman, young lady, miss, mademoiselle; ingénue; Scottishlass, lassie
informal chick, gal, grrrl, babe
literary maid, damsel
2.1 [with modifier] A young woman of a specified kind or having a specified job: a career girl a chorus girl
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  • He was such a nice lad at university, and there he was gleefully encouraging the undercover reporter girl to con the electorate.
  • According to the police, he had been secretly baptized by a Gentile servant girl years before.
  • Elijah put away his weapon and exchanged glances with the Prince and the young slave girl.
2.2 (girls) informal Women who mix socially or belong to a particular group, team, or profession: I look forward to having lunch with the girls
2.3A person’s girlfriend: his girl eloped with an accountant
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  • The worst moment was when I rang up one day to take out my daughter and my girl refused to let me see her, because of the mess that I was in.
  • Coachman Tom and his girl Nance were due to marry when she left him for another.
2.4 dated A female servant.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a child or young person of either sex): perhaps related to Low German gör 'child'.

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