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, 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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Even by the standards of a guy who literally joined the mob to impress his girlfriend's dad last season, this seems like a stupid move. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Archie's already made a terrible decision.," 11 Oct. 2018 On September 22, Jordan got down on one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend Jinjara Mitchell. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Star Jordan Connor Just Got Engaged and the Photos are Adorable," 27 Sep. 2018 Rocky romances Shelton married his longtime girlfriend Kaynette Gern in 2003. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Blake Shelton: From small-town Oklahoma boy to country superstar," 10 Aug. 2018 Dylan was last linked to longtime girlfriend Britt Robertson but has reportedly not been seen with her since the beginning of the year, while Chloë seemed to part ways with her on-again-off-again boyfriend Brooklyn Beckham in the spring. Lily Rose, Teen Vogue, "Chloë Grace Moretz and Dylan O'Brien Hung Out in L.A., Sparking Romance Rumors," 9 Aug. 2018 The team announced itself and entered, sweeping the girlfriend's apartment to see if anyone was there. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Judge slams FBI for improper cellphone search, stingray use," 18 July 2018 In 2016, former WIP host and current podcaster Tony Bruno claimed Missanelli was behind anonymous Twitter accounts that attacked both him and his longtime girlfriend, Robin Austin, though there was never any evidence to back up his claim. Rob Tornoe,, "'False on every level': WIP shoots back at Mike Missanelli," 10 July 2018 Chance the Rapper got down on one knee over the Fourth of July holiday, proposing to longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "5 Things to Know About Chance the Rapper's Fiancee Kirsten Corley," 5 July 2018 This Fourth of July, the Chicago native proposed to his longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley. Rebecca Farley,, "Taking A Chance On Love, Chance The Rapper Proposes To Girlfriend Kirsten Corley," 5 July 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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