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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Synonyms for boyfriend


beau, boy, fellow, man, old man, swain

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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

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Edward BerthelotGetty Images Katie Holmes apparently loves art, going to the Metropolitan Museum with boyfriend Jamie Foxx, supporting art causes, and even dialing up her fashion lately. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Channels the Eco Fashion Trend with a Hand-Painted Tote Bag," 8 Apr. 2019 Princess Beatrice was also at the gala, and made a red carpet appearance with rumored boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Vogue, "All the Celebrity Guests at Prince Charles’s Glamorous Buckingham Palace Party," 13 Mar. 2019 Stepping onto two red carpets after the big event with boyfriend Levi Meaden, Ariel wore a stunning black dress by Epuzer. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wore a Head-to-Toe Lingerie Outfit to the Golden Globes Afterparty," 7 Jan. 2019 Ryland Adams is one of YouTube’s most prominent creators, best known for his collaborative work with boyfriend Shane Dawson and his time as a host on Clevver, a YouTube channel owned by a multi-channel network called Defy Media. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube creators blindsided by major network’s collapse," 5 Dec. 2018 At the time of the incident, Hariri was 24 and living with a boyfriend in a loft in downtown Los Angeles. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon accused of sexual assault," 11 July 2018 There's no need to take time out from the festivities to check in with a boyfriend or husband. Lisa Bonos,, "How to survive that bachelorette party without feeling like the odd person out," 1 July 2018 Move over everyone, cause Dylan Sprouse has officially won the boyfriend of the year award. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Dylan Sprouse Brings Shake Shack for GF Barbara Palvin At Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 3 Dec. 2018 When the new boyfriend of Wi’s ex answered the door, Alexander allegedly shot him several times. Greg Hanlon,, "2-Year-Old Boy Killed When His Stepdad Orchestrates Murder-for-Hire Plot — and Hitman Is Sentenced," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of boyfriend

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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