\ ˈgər(-ə)l How to pronounce girl (audio) \
plural girls

Definition of girl

1a(1) : a female child from birth to adulthood a seven-year-old girl
(2) : a person whose gender identity is female … narrator Taylor Meskimen draws listeners into the emotional life of Zenobia July, a tech-savvy trans girl who's facing a new year at a new middle school.— Rebecca Honeycutt
b : daughter Papa's answer was quiet. "I thought I taught you to read, my girl."— Markus Zusak
c : a young woman … most guys like to spoil a girl. It makes them feel all-powerful and manly.— Jonathan Small
d sometimes offensive : a single or married woman of any age
2 : a female romantic partner : girlfriend
3 US, informal
a : a female friend I love going to a spa and dinner with my girls.— Karen Clifton
b used as a friendly way of addressing a woman or girl Hey girl, I like your taste in Christmas gifts.— Miranda CraceGirl, you need to give yourself some credit.— John Van Meter
4 : a woman or girl native to a given place a local girl She was a city girl at heart.
5 : a female domesticated animal and especially a pet She … is still mastering the art of being a good girl, as any 3-month-old puppy is.Rotorua (New Zealand) Weekender Keeping low-key when leaving and returning is essential. Just a "Bye!" and "Be a good girl!" when you leave is plenty. Your dog will be busy with her goodies dispenser, anyway, and probably won't notice when you leave.— Ed Bailey Eve is a 10-year-old female kitty who is an independent pretty girlJackson (Michigan) Citizen Patriot: Web Edition Articles
6 dated + often offensive : a female servant or employee

Other Words from girl

girlhood \ ˈgər(-​ə)l-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce girl (audio) \ noun

Examples of girl in a Sentence

Is this your little girl? a group of teenage girls His parents hope he'll soon find a nice girl, settle down, and get married. Wait till the girls back home hear about this! Our boss thinks of herself as just one of the girls. She went out dancing with the girls. They just hired a new girl to do the filing. See More

First Known Use of girl

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for girl

Middle English gurle, girle young person of either sex

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“Girl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈgərl How to pronounce girl (audio) \

Kids Definition of girl

1 : a female child or young woman
2 : a female servant

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