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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web He also was arrested for allegedly slamming a girlfriend to the floor then kicking her and dragging her across a room. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Ortiz's children were thrust into controversy by he and his girlfriend. Mallory Simon, CNN, 2 June 2021 Immigration agents learned from a probation report that he had been convicted earlier of abducting and brutally beating a girlfriend in California. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Raman Pratasevich, who ran a popular messaging app that played a key role in helping organize massive protests against Belarus’ authoritarian president, was on board and he and his Russian girlfriend were led off the plane shortly after landing., 24 May 2021 When O’Connell’s Liam invites his and his girlfriend’s families on their Christmas vacation, his plan to propose is thwarted by their nonstop bickering. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 19 May 2021 Eventually, Williams hired a private investigator, who confirmed that Hunter had a girlfriend. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Matthew Montgomery wants to buy a house for him and his girlfriend. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 7 May 2021 Turning his back on you and your girlfriend in a life-threatening situation was flat-out heartless. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of girlfriend

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of girlfriend was in 1859

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8 Jun 2021

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“Girlfriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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