boy·​friend | \ ˈbȯi-ˌfrend How to pronounce boyfriend (audio) \

Definition of boyfriend

1 : a male friend
2 : a frequent or regular male companion in a romantic or sexual relationship

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Examples of boyfriend in a Sentence

My boyfriend and I have only been dating for a couple of months. her boyfriend always brings her flowers for Valentine's Day
Recent Examples on the Web Two relatives of Todd were with her and her boyfriend in the vehicle, a blue Chevrolet Impala, at the time of the shooting, court documents said. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2021 Her boyfriend wore a casual, graphic t-shirt and gave a full smile to the camera. Naledi Ushe,, 19 July 2021 Lopez's twins, Emme and Max, have been spending plenty of quality time with Lopez and her boyfriend Ben Affleck this summer. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 July 2021 The various iterations of her boyfriend, Gavin, are especially amusing: sometimes bearded, sometimes not; sometimes a gourmet chef, other times a Grubhub addict; now faithful, now a cheater. Washington Post, 17 July 2021 In fact, Tabor and Roberts were on FaceTime together when their mutual cheating boyfriend arrived at Tabor’s house. Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 16 July 2021 After rejecting her proposal in front of his friends, Paxton ends up joining Devi at the winter dance as her official boyfriend. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 16 July 2021 This new episode features an extended interview with Holly Nivens, the former cellmate of Shayna Hubers, who was convicted in the fatal 2012 shooting of her boyfriend, Ryan Poston. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Authorities arrested a man Thursday in connection with the abduction of a 7-month-old boy who authorities say was taken by his mother and her boyfriend earlier this month. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of boyfriend

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Boyfriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boyfriend

: a man that someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship with


boy·​friend | \ ˈbȯi-ˌfrend How to pronounce boyfriend (audio) \

Kids Definition of boyfriend

: a man or boy involved in a romantic relationship

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