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 While the first foal has stuck to the marsh and out of human view, the second, an energetic filly named Billie, is already keeping herd managers on their toes. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Corolla Wild Horse Fund Welcomes Spring’s First Foals!," 1 Apr. 2021 Swiss Skydiver was named champion 3-year-old filly. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Preakness set for May 15, highlighting spring racing card at Pimlico Race Course," 11 Mar. 2021 The filly, a $400,000 purchase, is coming off a bullet work on Feb. 21. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: It’s Kentucky Derby rankings time," 26 Feb. 2021 Swiss Skydiver is the 55th filly to run in the Preakness and the first since 2014, when Ria Antonia finished last, 31 lengths back of California Chrome. Childs Walker,, "As the lone filly in Preakness field, Swiss Skydiver brings her road-warrior spirit to Pimlico," 2 Oct. 2020 Shedaresthedevil is also nominated for 3-year-old filly. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Southern California-based horses rack up eight Eclipse Award nominations," 16 Jan. 2021 Don’t Stop Lookin, a 4-year-old filly, was euthanized after suffering an injury during morning training. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Two horses die during training at Los Alamitos," 20 Jan. 2021 Zahra is a consistent local filly from the O.J Jauregui barn that figures to be in the thick of things again and Lemon Drop Tini and Zagrah are two fillies with talent that have been inconsistent. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Day One of the Breeders’ Cup," 6 Nov. 2020 But subsequent inspection turned up a soft-tissue injury in her left front leg and the 2-year-old filly was retired. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Justify to remain Santa Anita Derby winner," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Filly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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