filly

noun
fil·​ly | \ ˈfi-lē \
plural fillies

Definition of filly

1 : a young female horse usually of less than four years
2 : a young woman : girl

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Synonyms for filly

Synonyms

girl, lass, lassie, miss, missy, nymph, sheila [Australian & New Zealand]

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Examples of filly in a Sentence

she's still a filly, so she has plenty of time to decide what she wants to do in life

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Northwest Factor, upset winner of the Gottstein Futurity, was voted top 2-Year-Old filly. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Emerald Downs president: ‘We are all optimistic’ after a horse-racing season with increase in daily handle," 24 Sep. 2018 Alter Moon, a 14 ½-length winner in her last start, is the clear 8-5 favorite in the field of six sophomore fillies in the 7-furlong $75,000 Azalea Stakes. Tim Dwyer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "X Y Jet highlights Summit of Speed card," 29 June 2018 The $450,000 daughter of Into Mischief meets a group with three fillies exiting the Oaks that are sure to take a good deal of money, but this Kentucky bred boasts the best BRIS speed ratings of the bunch. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "Twinspires.com's free pick for Friday's races at Churchill Downs," 31 May 2018 As the other horses were given ice boots and nebulizers, Lukas gained confidence in Codex, who went on to beat Genuine Risk, the second of three fillies ever to win the Kentucky Derby, by nearly five lengths. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Ageless wonder Lukas knows that getting record-tying 7th Preakness win this year is long shot," 15 May 2018 Belmont: $100,000 River Memories Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 ½ miles on turf. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Here’s hoping for even cooler temperatures," 10 July 2018 In the fourth, a $33,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies, Emcee Stable, Matt Strzepka and Brian McKenzie's Margie is Livid ($7.60) was a front-running neck winner in 1:02.80 for 5½ furlongs. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (June 24): Brigade keep AFL lead despite loss to Empire," 24 June 2018 Churchill: Grade 3 $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Omaha is 11th in Triple Crown poll," 27 May 2018 The main stakes race is the Grade 2 $200,000 Summertime Oaks for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! A special handicapping lesson on European tracks," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of filly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for filly

Middle English fyly, from Old Norse fylja; akin to Old English fola foal

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filly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of filly

: a young female horse

filly

noun
fil·​ly | \ ˈfi-lē \
plural fillies

Kids Definition of filly

: a young female horse

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