Definition of girl in English:


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Pronunciation: /gəːl


  • 1A female child: girls go through puberty earlier than boys
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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: 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: I haven’t got the time to meet girls
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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.
    young woman, young lady, miss; Scottish lass, lassie; Irish colleen; French mademoiselle; Italian signorina; Spanish señorita; German Fräulein
    informal chick, girlie, filly
    British informal bird, bint, popsy
    North American informal gal, broad, dame, jane, babe
    derogatory informal tart, piece, bit, mare, baggage
    Australian/New Zealand informal sheila
    black English bitch, sister
    British informal , • dated Judy
    North American dated frail
    literary maid, maiden, damsel, demoiselle
    archaic wench, petticoat
  • 2.1 [with modifier] A young woman of a specified kind or having a specified job: a career 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: I look forward to having a night 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.
    girlfriend, sweetheart, woman, partner, lover, significant other, fiancée; Italian inamorata
    informal steady, WAGs (wives and girlfriends)
    Irish informal mot
    British informal boyf, girlf
    North American informal squeeze, patootie
    Australian informal dona
    Indian informal bibi
    dated lady, lady friend, lady love, young lady, betrothed
    archaic leman
  • 2.4 dated A female servant.


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

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