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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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 The president’s youngest daughter has reportedly been going out more since the beginning of summer 2018—some four months after her ex-boyfriend, Ross Mechanic, reportedly posted photos with his new girlfriend on Instagram. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Inside Tiffany Trump's Relationship with New Boyfriend Michael Boulos," 18 Mar. 2019 They had been set up by a mutual girlfriend believed to be Violet von Westenholz, the daughter of Prince Charles’s friend the Olympic skier Baron Piers von Westenholz. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Royal Reporter Katie Nicholl Details Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Blind Date," 8 Apr. 2019 Joe Alwyn arrived to the Oscars, but where was his superstar girlfriend, Taylor Swift? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did Taylor Swift Go to the Oscars with Boyfriend Joe Alwyn?," 25 Feb. 2019 Theft 3000 block of North University Drive in Sunrise, June 16, 3:23 p.m. The victim was staying in a hotel with his former girlfriend. Dan White,, "Plantation, Sunrise area crime reports," 12 July 2018 And his girlfriend is next door exercising in the community center. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Ocean City and the most cutthroat pickleball game at the Jersey Shore," 11 July 2018 The basic premise is pretty simple: People want goth girlfriends (who are apparently difficult to find). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Is the New Goth Girlfriend of Instagram," 21 Mar. 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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