school·girl | \ˈskül-ˌgər(-ə)l \

Definition of schoolgirl 

: a girl attending school

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Separately in the southern Helmand province, at least 48 schoolgirls fell ill at a high school Monday in what provincial authorities suspect is a case of mass poisoning, the AP reported. New York Times,, "Afghan military strike kills at least 70 at mosque," 2 Apr. 2018 Then, this year, Mr. Buhari was roundly criticized after Boko Haram carried out another mass kidnapping of schoolgirls in the northeast community of Dapchi. New York Times, "A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’," 10 July 2018 Mass abductions of schoolgirls brought Boko Haram international notoriety and one faction has declared allegiance to the Islamic State. Darlene Superville,, "Trump urges Nigerian leader to remove barriers to US trade," 30 Apr. 2018 Although most of those schoolgirls have rejoined their families, 113 are still missing. Ali Abare Abubakar And Jabeen Bhatti, USA TODAY, "Schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram refuses to convert to Islam, family says," 27 Mar. 2018 Dozens of schoolgirls were missing after an attack on a village in north-eastern Nigeria by jihadists from Boko Haram. The Economist, "Politics this week," 22 Feb. 2018 Members of the Amish community immediately tore down their school in Nickel Mines, Pa., after five schoolgirls were killed in 2006, and built a new one nearby. Meredith Cohn,, "What happens to the sites of mass shootings depends on where and what they are," 10 July 2018 Image South African cultural traditions collided head on with modern sensibilities recently when a choirmaster in the Eastern Cape region had teenage schoolgirls give a seminude traditional performance that was widely shared on social media. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Seminude School Performance Sparks Debate About Tradition in South Africa," 2 June 2018 Between October 2016 and May 2017, Nigeria’s state, with help from the Swiss government, brought home 103 of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped from the school of Chibok in 2014. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria Holds Peace Talks With Jihadist Group," 25 Mar. 2018

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of schoolgirl was in 1678

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl who goes to a school


school·girl | \ˈskül-ˌgərl \

Kids Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl who goes to school

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