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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EMOTIONAL RETURN Browns defensive end Chris Smith played after his girlfriend, Petara Cordero, was killed in car accident last week. oregonlive, "Odell Beckham, Jr. powers the Cleveland Browns to the win over the New York Jets: Recap, score, stats and more," 16 Sep. 2019 Correia has issued at least 14 of the letters, including two for his current girlfriend's brother, authorities said. NBC News, "Mayor charged with taking cash bribes to help pot businesses," 6 Sep. 2019 The Flip or Flop star and his new girlfriend, star of Netflix's Selling Sunset Heather Rae Young, have gotten closer than ever: Their parents have officially met. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young's Father's Have Officially Met One Another, And It's a Big Deal," 23 Aug. 2019 In the story, Rami ends up buying the nice smelling deodorant for his actor girlfriend, Lucy Boynton. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Dior Is Releasing a JOY by Dior Deodorant," 22 Aug. 2019 Kala Kachmar, @NewsQuip The judge presiding over an Indiana trial involving a man accused of raping, murdering and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend's body decided Thursday to grant the defense's motion for a mistrial. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Judge grants mistrial in case of accused cannibal Joseph Oberhansley," 21 Aug. 2019 He is survived by his father; Dr. Thomas E. McClain, mother; Sandra G. McClain, one brother; Thomas E. McClain II; and his dear girlfriend; Helen Michaely Shobe, and many aunts, uncles, and cousinsScott had worked in the Yachting Industry., "Deaths in South Florida: 8/18," 18 Aug. 2019 At times Javed’s insistence on reciting lyrics to other people becomes irritating (his girlfriend, a white anti-Thatcher campaigner who did not feature in the book, tells him off for being a prat). J.t., The Economist, "“Blinded by the Light” captures Bruce Springsteen’s universal truths," 15 Aug. 2019 The very act of inviting Branford (Tone Bell), her ex, and his new girlfriend, Margo (DeWanda Wise), along for a trip to her mother’s bed and breakfast is woefully self-destructive, but Zamata plays it gracefully. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Sasheer Zamata Is Back and Reinventing the Rom-Com," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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