school·​girl | \ˈskül-ˌgər(-ə)l \

Definition of schoolgirl 

: a girl attending school

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Just as the university president had envisioned, top schoolgirl athletes from throughout Texas and the surrounding states heard about the program and flocked to Wayland Baptist. David Wharton,, "Flying Queens' success was a game changer for women's basketball," 30 Mar. 2018 The military also ignored warnings given some hours before nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from a boarding school in Chibok, Borno State in 2014, the Amnesty report said. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Nigerian army failed to act on warnings before schoolgirls abducted, Amnesty says," 20 Mar. 2018 At age sixteen, Leslie Caron, then schoolgirl and aspiring ballerina, was plucked off a Parisian stage by Gene Kelly who promptly swept her away to the States. Lili Rosenkranz, Town & Country, "T&C Family Album: Leslie Caron," 17 July 2014 Plastic gold trophies--Miss Nude Brunette among them--line shelves along the wall, and large cardboard boxes brim with the glittery outfits Leah wears onstage: drum majorette, Catholic schoolgirl, even a Nintendo Mario Brother. Jennifer Wolff Perrine, Redbook, "Inside the Life of a Mom Who Strips," 15 Feb. 2012 The group cited security sources, parents and others as saying the military and police received at least five calls in the hours before the attack, which reminded many of the abduction of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram extremists in 2014. Washington Post, "Nigeria failed to act on warnings of mass abduction: Report," 20 Mar. 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl who goes to school

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