Definition of girl in English:

girl

noun

  • 1A female child.

    ‘girls go through puberty earlier than boys’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some thought that boys got the short end of the stick and that their female teachers favored girls.’
    • ‘The female group approached the girls and demanded their mobile phones.’
    • ‘It is not known whether the baby is a boy or a girl or whether the schoolgirl mother will be allowed to keep her child.’
    • ‘The report says that boys and girls attending school at the primary level is shrinking around the world.’
    • ‘The club hopes to have over 100 youngsters both boys and girls taking part.’
    • ‘Beforehand, it was mandatory for both boys and girls to attend school to primary-school level.’
    • ‘There will be major parts for nine small children - seven girls and two boys, and minor parts for up to ten more.’
    • ‘Infant girls are also outperforming boys in spelling and maths.’
    • ‘The week's activities are suitable for boys and girls of primary school age.’
    • ‘The preparatory school caters for girls and boys aged three to 11 after which pupils move up to the senior school.’
    • ‘Games were held between the various schools, boys, girls and various mixed teams.’
    • ‘He believes it is unlikely, in the Western world, to result in a noticeable increase in either baby boys or girls.’
    • ‘Jim is married to Catherine and they have four children, three girls and one boy.’
    • ‘The activity camp is open to boys and girls from senior infants to sixth class.’
    • ‘There are hundreds of children, boys and girls, who live on the streets of Cape Town.’
    • ‘There is always plenty of variety at this camp for boys and girls of primary school age.’
    female child
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    1. 1.1A person's daughter.
      ‘he was devoted to his little girl’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The writings of young teenage boys and girls in different refugee camps and occupied towns are the most moving part of the book.’
    • ‘This broadcast has just been interrupted due to me letting in a couple of young teenage girls.’
    • ‘The researchers argue that increasing concern about young girls reflects a change in social behaviour.’
    • ‘The only place for groups of young girls or boys to hang out is on the ground of the alleys just outside their homes.’
    • ‘It was set up by a former prostitute who helps the young girls and their babies.’
    • ‘In the minds of both males and females, girls dress provocatively to garner a certain reaction.’
    • ‘The girl was a female body builder who wanted max muscle at the cost of being very rude.’
    • ‘In girls, the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone are produced in the ovaries.’
    • ‘Then, girls reach puberty before boys and so are more mature in their both their approach to learning and ability to learn.’
    • ‘In standardised school maths tests, teenage boys outscored girls 13 to one in the top grades.’
    • ‘Here teenage boys and girls who dropped out after primary school learn useful skills.’
    • ‘Many teenage girls had babies, so it seemed normal to become a teenage mother.’
    • ‘Local teenage girls walking their babies in strollers earned judgemental stares from the couple at a table next to me.’
    • ‘All teenagers - boys and girls - are invited to come along together with their parents.’
    • ‘We saw that, thanks to our experience of working with women and girls, we might have a unique contribution to make.’
    • ‘Feminist psychologists have studied the experiences of women and girls in diverse social locations.’
    • ‘The majority of my classes are attended by girls and women.’
    young woman, young lady, miss
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    1. 2.1with modifier A young woman of a specified kind or having a specified job.
      ‘a career girl’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You see, a little over a century ago, I found this young slave girl wandering around the city.’
      • ‘She seemed almost oblivious to the pain that she had just caused the young slave girl.’
      • ‘I wasn't even a wife, and I certainly wasn't the hip, urban career girl I had been, either.’
      • ‘Just yesterday, I was in a store that shall be nameless and got the bored Saturday girl routine.’
      • ‘They saw a known vice girl lean into the open window of his car before she climbed in and Hurst drove off.’
      • ‘We have also noted that trade in Hindu slave dancer girls contributed to development of western dances.’
      • ‘Nothing could change her or what she believed in, so unlike that young servant girl of hers.’
      • ‘The young servant girl had dealt with high class ladies all her life, the good and the bad.’
      • ‘The queen turned to find a young servant girl with bright red hair and deep blue eyes.’
      • ‘In the arch of the doorway stood a guard gripping the arm of a dark slave girl.’
      • ‘This Dutch peasant girl longed to compete in a skating race, but her family could barely afford food and she only had wooden skates.’
      • ‘I remember her advice when I was learning the dance of a young Gipsy girl.’
      • ‘Last, twenty young slave girls dressed in saffron and silk shuffled in as silent as sewn dolls.’
      • ‘A rather beautiful servant girl with dark wavy brown hair and hazel eyes came into the room.’
      • ‘The story tells of peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman, and the disastrous consequences of that love.’
      • ‘All I know is that the other slave girl should be interrogated to see if we can get some answers out of her.’
      • ‘One of these nobles chooses to drift from the others to get to know this vibrant peasant girl.’
    2. 2.2girlsinformal Women who mix socially.
      ‘I look forward to having a night with the girls’
    3. 2.3A person's girlfriend.
      ‘I had to look my best for my girl’
      • ‘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
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    4. 2.4dated A female servant.
      attendant, retainer
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

girl

/ɡəːl/