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

Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl attending school

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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 Her iterations on schoolgirl and work uniforms are well assembled and easy to wear, with intriguing design details like the asymmetric scallop of a hem or a slight bunching along the breastbone. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 5 Designers to Know From Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2019," 29 Mar. 2019 In a segregated neighborhood, a Protestant mob shouted abuse and threw bricks and blast bombs at Catholic schoolgirls whose parents—eventually joined by riot police—were escorting them to Holy Cross School. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018 Hermione is a rebellious Catholic schoolgirl who’s already involved with an enterprising young man named Hiram Lodge, and determined to get out of Riverdale at all costs. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Let's Talk About Tonight's Very Special Flashback Episode of Riverdale," 8 Nov. 2018 There’s something a little punk about the tartan schoolgirl skirt, while a strict coat trimmed with beads and feathers could easily go black tie. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Michelle Duncan Is Balancing Her Day Job at Estée Lauder With a New Project: Her Own Line of Dresses," 14 Feb. 2019 The choir master apparently had aimed to illustrate the traditions of the Xhosa — South Africa’s second-largest ethnic group — by having the teenage schoolgirls dance in small aprons known as inkciyo, exposing their breasts and buttocks. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Seminude School Performance Sparks Debate About Tradition in South Africa," 2 June 2018 The latest setback came on March 1 when suspected Islamist militants killed three United Nations workers and eight soldiers, two weeks after more than 100 schoolgirls were kidnapped in the same region. Kathleen Hunter,, "Trump Allies Dash to Avert Possible Trade Wars," 6 Mar. 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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