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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When police arrived at the apartment, the ex-girlfriend's car was in the driveway, according to WHMI-FM. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Reports: Brighton police investigating possible murder-suicide of mom, daughter," 4 June 2019 Morrow was convicted of murder in the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s Gainesville home in December 1994. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Georgia set to execute man who killed 2 women in 1994," 12 Apr. 2019 This is complicated because Archie has recently got in good with his girlfriend's father, even helping him out with various tasks. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 Troubling allegations of domestic violence were brought upon Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy on Tuesday, as his girlfriend's friend shared graphic images of the assault. Nihal Kolur,, "LeSean McCoy Accused of Domestic Violence, PED Use In Graphic Instagram Post," 10 July 2018 Getty Images James Middleton has a new girlfriend named Alizee Thevenet. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is James Middleton's Girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet?," 12 May 2019 Barmore, who was wanted for questioning after threatening his girlfriend the night before, was talking amicably to the pastor’s wife. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 The film is based off he Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, a book written by Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kendall (played by Lily Collins). Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil," 3 May 2019 During that same year, however, Sara and her longtime girlfriend Allison Adler split after 10 years together. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "A Rare Look at 'The Talk' Creator Sara Gilbert's Life with Her Wife Linda Perry and Their Three Kids," 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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