fil·​ly | \ ˈfi-lē How to pronounce filly (audio) \
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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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 on the Web The last filly to run in the Kentucky Derby was Devil May Care, who finished 10th in 2010. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 9 Feb. 2022 Echo Zulu is a shoo-in to win the Eclipse Award as the year’s top 2-year-old filly. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 The next day, Walsh got an offer of $500,000 for the filly. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 The first sign of trouble arose during the fourth race on Oct. 3, when a 3-year-old filly named Kyosha pulled up near the track’s three-quarter pole and was vanned off to be euthanized. Jeff Barker,, 2 Dec. 2021 The filly is owned by Chris Walsh, who has a small breeding operation in Indiana with nine horses, four of them running. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Set the Tone, a 2-year-old filly, lost her rider during training, the bridle came loose and the saddle slipped underneath her. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Another 3-year-old filly, Bella Thyme, suffered a fatal fracture in training on Nov. 6. Jeff Barker,, 2 Dec. 2021 Eda, the 2-5 favorite under Flavien Prat in the five-filly field, won Saturday’s feature — the 6½-furlong $100,000 Dezi Arnaz Stakes. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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fil·​ly | \ ˈfi-lē How to pronounce filly (audio) \
plural fillies

Kids Definition of filly

: a young female horse

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