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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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 Magic Dance is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of nine fillies for the Debutante (5:26 p.m. post time). Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Two-year-olds highlight Saturday's closing day of Churchill Downs' Spring Meet," 28 June 2019 The Parsons Family will be represented by a pair of top fillies in fastest qualifier Terrific Temptation and the Grade 1 stakes placed A Political Lady in the La Primera. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Jon White’s top 10 Kentucky Derby list is front and center," 30 Mar. 2018 The cup was a $100,000 race for 3-year-old fillies. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "'The Crown' shows Queen Elizabeth visiting Kentucky. Here are the real trips it's based on," 27 Nov. 2019 In the $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Street Band won by 2 ¼ lengths to earn an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff this fall at Santa Anita. San Diego Union-Tribune, "31-1 shot Math Wizard solves $1 million Pennsylvania Derby," 21 Sep. 2019 Breeders' Cup Distaff Conditions: 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. Purse: $2 million. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Breeders' Cup 2019 | Post positions, odds, entries for Distaff," 29 Oct. 2019 Santa Anita review Monday’s feature was on Santa Anita’s new 5 ½ furlong turf course for fillies and mares going for an allowance purse of $53,000. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Stewards’ rulings are in the house," 15 Oct. 2019 The 4-year-old filly, ridden by Mike Smith, stays perfect in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita, roaring from last to first around the turn to win the race. Paul Montella, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Sportlight," 20 Oct. 2019 Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez is back aboard this fast filly sired by Munnings., "Clancy’s Call: Breeders Cup Day 1," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of filly was in the 15th century

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9 Jan 2020

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“Filly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of filly

: a young female horse


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

Kids Definition of filly

: a young female horse

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