school·​girl | \ ˈskül-ˌgər(-ə)l How to pronounce schoolgirl (audio) \

Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl attending school

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Adding to the country’s woes is the havoc wreaked by extremist Islamist rebel group Boko Haram, responsible for kidnapping about 270 schoolgirls in the Chibok region in 2014. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "The Lost Daughters of Salerno," 1 July 2019 Women then were either still schoolgirls or considered to be adults. Vogue, "Read the Funny, Fearless Judith Krantz on Dressing at 70 in Vogue," 24 June 2019 Trust us, these headband styles are the perfect accessory to any outfit — without an ounce of schoolgirl charm (sorry, Blair Waldorf). Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wear a Headband (and Still Look Like an Adult)," 4 June 2019 Picnic at Hanging Rock on Amazon A small-screen remake of the iconic film (that launched a million summer-style Pinterest boards) documents what happens when three schoolgirls go missing on Valentine’s Day in the year 1900. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Here’s What to Watch This Summer on TV," 21 May 2018 Some of the most striking of Mr. Connors’s photographs are portraits of North Koreans: three schoolgirls as frozen as waxworks, one young man affectionately touching another at a public swimming pool. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "What’s New in Photography? Humanism, MoMA Says," 9 Mar. 2018 In April, the Nigerian government said a disagreement between members of the terror group had caused a breakdown in negotiations for the release of the remaining schoolgirls. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Nigeria's army frees 148 Boko Haram hostages, half of them children," 4 June 2018 Kidnappings are not uncommon in Nigeria, the country where Boko Haram’s abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls shocked the world’s conscience in 2014. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Nigeria Captain Played Key World Cup Match Hours After Learning His Father Was Kidnapped," 3 July 2018 Other problems include the country's opioid crisis, normalization of insecurity such as frequent Boko Haram bombings and kidnapping of schoolgirls such as the Chibok girls. Joey Akan, CNN, "From Chibok Girls to Yahoo Boys, 'This is Nigeria' video is a mirror for the country," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of schoolgirl

1678, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl who goes to a school


school·​girl | \ ˈskül-ˌgərl How to pronounce schoolgirl (audio) \

Kids Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl who goes to school

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