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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Wakefield spent most of his time working in the studio and hanging out with his girlfriend and son, who was born Jan. 30. Nicole Santa Cruz,, "Grief and questions linger after producer DJ Official is shot and killed in South L.A.," 19 June 2019 The Antioch man testified he’s been friends with Seplak for the past 15 years and that after midnight on Dec. 24, 2016, Seplak went to his home after Garcia’s girlfriend and their children had gone to bed. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "FBI agent testifies that Libertyville murder defendant's cell phone tracked to area of shooting," 14 June 2019 In 1981, Rasmussen was living with girlfriend Denise Beaudin and her 6-month-old daughter, Dawn, in Manchester, N.H. Fox News, "Police ID three bodies found inside barrels at New Hampshire state park nearly two decades later," 8 June 2019 Griffin also noted that Coughlin’s girlfriend and parents were trying to convince him to take private drug tests to help him get clean, suggesting his lie about being tested at work could have been a way to avoid those private tests. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Prosecution takes aim at alibi on Day 3 of the Coal Creek Canyon triple homicide trial," 6 June 2019 Days later, both bored with their regular routines — Karl with his vapid girlfriend, and Danny with stale home life — Danny-as-Lance and Karl-as-Roxette get back into the game, and once again eschew fighting for hooking up. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Black Mirror, Season 5, Episode 1 Recap: "Striking Vipers"," 6 June 2019 Being in my room with my three best girlfriends and my brother, laughing, drinking champagne, and getting glammed up. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Funk Musician Adeline Wore a Vintage Silk Dress Down the Aisle During Golden Hour in Provence," 6 June 2019 And that’s exactly what Maddie had in mind while crafting the record with her longtime girlfriend and producer/writing partner, Wolfy. Erica Russell, Teen Vogue, "Maddie Ross’s Album "Never Have I Ever" Is the Queer Teen Rom-Com Soundtrack She Always Wanted," 10 May 2019 This quote came back to haunt Matt, especially when Amy hinted last year that her ex-husband's relationship with his current girlfriend and former Roloff Farms employee, Caryn Chandler, may have contributed to their eventual divorce. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why 'Little People, Big World' Stars Amy and Matt Roloff Divorced," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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