girl·​friend | \ ˈgər(-ə)l-ˌfrend How to pronounce girlfriend (audio) \

Definition of girlfriend

1 : a female friend
2 : a frequent or regular female companion in a romantic or sexual relationship

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Synonyms for girlfriend


gal, gill, girl, inamorata, lady, ladylove, old lady, woman

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Examples of girlfriend in a Sentence

My girlfriend and I have only been dating for a couple of months. She spends hours talking on the phone with her girlfriends.

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Joe Alwyn arrived to the Oscars, but where was his superstar girlfriend, Taylor Swift? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did Taylor Swift Go to the Oscars with Boyfriend Joe Alwyn?," 25 Feb. 2019 Theft 3000 block of North University Drive in Sunrise, June 16, 3:23 p.m. The victim was staying in a hotel with his former girlfriend. Dan White,, "Plantation, Sunrise area crime reports," 12 July 2018 And his girlfriend is next door exercising in the community center. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Ocean City and the most cutthroat pickleball game at the Jersey Shore," 11 July 2018 The basic premise is pretty simple: People want goth girlfriends (who are apparently difficult to find). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Is the New Goth Girlfriend of Instagram," 21 Mar. 2019 From the invitations—hand illustrated by Bianca Diaz, Megan’s brother John's girlfriend—to Megan’s wardrobe, no stone was left unturned. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019 Blake Shelton may or may not have realized a contestant sang girlfriend Gwen Stefani’s song. Megan Stein, Country Living, "All of 'The Voice' Contestants Who Have Survived the Blind Auditions So Far," 2 Mar. 2019 Will's effervescent, charming girlfriend with an unhealed trauma in her not-so-distant past has been sucked into a cult., "R.O. Kwon's The Incendiaries Gives A Glimpse Into A Cult's Magnetic Pull," 6 July 2018 During the investigation, it was discovered that the couple had been together 20 years, with the girlfriend alleging that the last 10 were marked by domestic violence. Marco Santana,, "Flagler Beach commissioner arrested, charged with domestic battery," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of girlfriend

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of girlfriend

: a woman that someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship with
: a female friend


girl·​friend | \ ˈgərl-ˌfrend How to pronounce girlfriend (audio) \

Kids Definition of girlfriend

1 : a female friend
2 : a regular female companion of a boy or man

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