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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Things turned physical despite Lohan’s girlfriend’s attempts to separate the group. Alexia Fernandez,, "Lindsay Lohan’s Cousin Allegedly Beaten by 2 Men, New Jersey Police Officer Charged," 12 July 2018 Best in show comes more than one hour in: two late, knockout numbers featuring Lachrisa Grandberry as a Hollywood agent and Gabe’s girlfriend. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Door County theaters add stories and sparkle to summer nights," 11 July 2018 Perry’s girlfriend was found inside the residence suffering from a stab wound to her lower back that was not life threatening, the statement said; the victim said Perry had stabbed her after an argument and fled with his two children. — Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Maryland man charged with assault after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in Gaithersburg," 11 July 2018 Police got to the 700 block of West Side Drive in Gaithersburg just after 1 p.m. to find Perry’s girlfriend, who is also Karina’s mother, was stabbed. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Amber Alert: Man allegedly stabbed girlfriend, fled with children, Montgomery County police say," 10 July 2018 Navin’s girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, has pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and is serving an eight-year sentence. David Owens,, "Kyle Navin Gets 55 Years For Killing His Parents," 29 June 2018 The daughter of Philando Castile’s girlfriend was in the back seat when Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Castile. Michael Harriot, The Root, "All Black People Are Victims of Police Brutality," 26 June 2018 Maitland police impounded the BMW, which was titled in the name of Davis-Johnson’s girlfriend. Stephen Hudak,, "Parents of UCF student sue sheriff, deputy, suspect for wrongful death in high-speed fatal crash," 25 June 2018 Earlier this week, police had arrested Rivera’s girlfriend of four years, Dania Amezquita Gomez, 31, on the misdemeanor charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "‘Little Jacob’ case: Texas police arrest mom, girlfriend after identifying body of Jayden Alexander Lopez," 20 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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