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

Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl attending school

Examples of schoolgirl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its narrator is an unnamed, childlike woman, who one day awakes dressed as a schoolgirl, unable to eat, speak, or clean herself without aid. Hannah Williams, The New Yorker, 28 July 2022 What was initially a guest role as a schoolgirl became permanent later that year, and scenes have aired featuring a gender confirmation surgery storyline. Alicia Vrajlal,, 27 July 2022 Clothes were still folded neatly in cupboards, coats hung on pegs by front doors, and in one room, the books, pencil case, fluffy toy, unopened lollipop, and dancing competition trophy of a schoolgirl remained on her desk. Tim Judah, The New York Review of Books, 28 Apr. 2022 Aesthetically alluring, the girl characters wear bold Ziggy Stardust eye makeup with glitter, neon, and rhinestones, as well as throwback fashions of Y2K, preppy schoolgirl, and punk. Caroline Downey, National Review, 13 Mar. 2022 Priya Kansara, who will be seen in the second season of Bridgerton, leads a cast as Ria Khan, a schoolgirl, and martial artist-in-training, who dreams of becoming a world-renowned stunt woman. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 The 33-year-old New Zealand native began acting as a child, appearing in small roles and background parts, including as a schoolgirl in Jane Campion’s The Piano. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2022 She was inspired by a character of the same name, a schoolgirl with pigtails, who appeared on the covers of Korean textbooks in the ’70s and ’80s. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 13 June 2022 The rising country music star has come a long way from wowing audiences in singing competitions as a schoolgirl. Micha Green, Baltimore Sun, 19 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'schoolgirl.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of schoolgirl

1678, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Check out the best educational products selected by our Reviews team.

Learn More About schoolgirl

Time Traveler for schoolgirl

Time Traveler

The first known use of schoolgirl was in 1678

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near schoolgirl

school figure


schoolgirl crush

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for schoolgirl

Last Updated

4 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Schoolgirl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for schoolgirl


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

Kids Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl who goes to school


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!