Definition of filly
1 : a young female horse usually of less than four years
2 : a young woman : girl
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
Recent Examples of filly from the Web
There were five other fillies and mares entered in the mile and a quarter DelCap.
Aqua Frio’s time was the fastest mile of the season at the Auburn track, surpassing the 1:34.88 set last week by Top Quality in the Irish Day Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
In the Queen Mary Stakes, a five-furlong Group 2 sprint for two-year-old fillies, Heartache (5-1) triumphed from America's odds-on favorite Happy Like A Fool, trained by Ward, who has saddled the last two winners of the race.
Her steadiness behind the plate helped a young Fillies squad to its second state trip in the last three years.
The 4-year-old filly, whose previous race was last month at famed Churchill Downs, pulled away in the stretch from favored Citizen Kitty to win the Washington Legislators Stakes by 2 lengths at Emerald Downs in Auburn on Sunday.
The Fillies' riveting shootout victory against three-time defending Class 3A state champion New Trier on June 3 secured the first state title in the program's history.
NEW YORK — Songbird captured her comeback, winning the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes for fillies and mares, while Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert also starred on the Belmont Stakes undercard Saturday.
Saturday will also mark the 2017 debut for 4-year-old filly Songbird, whose defeat by a nose to Beholder in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita was her lone loss in 12 starts.
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Origin and Etymology of filly
Middle English fyly, from Old Norse fylja; akin to Old English fola foal
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of filly for English Language Learners
: a young female horse
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Definition of filly for Students
: a young female horse
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