girl·friend | \ˈgər(-ə)l-ˌfrend \

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, girl, 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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He and his girlfriend were shot dead at his home in Velka Maca, near Bratislava, on February 25, 2018. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Murder trial begins for young woman who shot aspiring rapper in Cinco Ranch home," 12 July 2018 Getty Images Miranda Lambert has made a conscious effort not to join the conversation on her ex Blake Shelton and his girlfriend Gwen Stefani's relationship. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Miranda Lambert Discusses Gwen Stefani for the First Time," 5 July 2018 On one particularly hateful (and now private) post, the account called out Zayn for not following his girlfriend on Instagram, E! News reports. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Shuts Down Haters Who Doubted Her Relationship With Zayn Malik," 5 July 2018 Ronnie, meanwhile, was going home to his then-pregnant girlfriend Jen Harley. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Jersey Shore's Ronnie Slams Mike 'The Situation' for Revealing He Was Considering Going to Rehab," 28 June 2018 Lyew, a design and production engineer for Stingray Boats in Hartsville, was in the area last weekend visiting his girlfriend, Callie Rumfelt, who lives in Mount Holly. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Where is the Mercedes that a witness says 'seemed to accelerate' as it hit cyclist?," 27 June 2018 In 2015, he was arrested for beating up his pregnant girlfriend, holding her head under water, threatening to kill her, taking her phone, and holding her hostage., "The BET Awards Used To Lead; Now They're Falling Behind," 25 June 2018 Rapinoe — United States women’s national team stalwart, National Women’s Soccer League forward for the Seattle Reign and outspoken activist — posed with her girlfriend, WNBA point guard Sue Bird, for their cover. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "ESPN Body Issue: Zlatan Ibrahimović, Megan Rapinoe, Crystal Dunn featured on covers," 25 June 2018 The troubled rapper’s brief career was marked by legal troubles – including a 2016 arrest for attacking his pregnant girlfriend. Gina Martinez, Time, "Convicted Car Thief Arrested in XXXTentacion Murder Investigation," 21 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 \

Kids Definition of girlfriend

1 : a female friend

2 : a regular female companion of a boy or man

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