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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Synonyms for filly


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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Winner: Pure Sensation ($4.60) Belmont (7): Grade 1 $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational, fillies 3-years-old, 1 ¼ miles on turf. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Congratulations to Marley’s Freedom," 7 July 2019 Bulletproof One is one of three fillies in the field of 10 for Saturday’s race, which is restricted to California-breds. Larry Stumes,, "Bulletproof One ‘fit’ for Saturday’s $100,000 Everett Nevin Stakes," 5 July 2019 Contrarity won the $25,000 featured race for fillies and mares., "Rain postpones NASCAR Cup race in Michigan," 10 June 2019 The 3-year-old filly is two noses away from being undefeated. Jeff Nahill,, "Friday's Churchill Downs handicap," 3 May 2018 Stolen Horse International got involved after Hidden Pasture Farm owner Kate Nichols said last week that her miniature palomino filly had vanished overnight. Fox News, "Rescue group: Missing SC pony named 'Pikachu' found dead," 14 June 2019 Guarana, also trained by Brown, beat Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress by six lengths in the $700,000 Acorn for 3-year-old fillies. Tom Canavan, Houston Chronicle, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont Stakes," 8 June 2019 Matt Stone, Louisville Courier Journal Trainer Dale Romans joked he’s been asked more in recent days about Rick Pitino than his filly for the Kentucky Oaks, and that didn’t change Monday during the Oaks draw at Churchill Downs. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "'I can't talk him into it': Dale Romans says Rick Pitino won't come to Kentucky Oaks," 30 Apr. 2018 Post time is scheduled for 5:34 p.m. Most analysts and the morning-line oddsmaker see the 1 1/8-mile race as a two-filly competition between Monomoy Girl (2-1) and Midnight Bisou (5-2). Jeff Duncan,, "What is post time for Kentucky Derby 2018?," 5 May 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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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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