school·​girl ˈskül-ˌgər(-ə)l How to pronounce schoolgirl (audio)
: a girl attending school

Examples of schoolgirl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The evening truly goes on the fritz when Lilly, Torelli’s young Satanist, enters in a pinafore doing an unnervingly wonderful impersonation of an ordinary schoolgirl. Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 An Australian schoolgirl has found fame after CCTV footage in her Queensland home recorded her heroic efforts to save her pet guinea pig, MaxiBon, from the jaws of a wild snake — by grabbing the snake by its tail and swinging it around. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Elsewhere, with two teenagers of her own, the photographer has taken great pleasure in working with the three schoolgirls, one of whom is now studying film in Warsaw and used the project in her coursework. Zoe Whitfield, CNN, 22 Mar. 2024 Boko Haram’s abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their dormitory in the town of Chibok 10 years ago, which set off international outrage, is still an open wound; 98 of the victims are still missing, according to Amnesty International. Ruth MacLean, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 According to the exhibition, modern kawaii culture was born in 1914 when artist and illustrator Yumeji Takehisa opened a shop in downtown Tokyo selling accessories and stationery with Western motifs such as mushrooms and castles designed to appeal to schoolgirls. Zara Khan, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 Donkeys hauling carts plodded along dusty streets, and schoolgirls in headscarves and long, old-fashioned coats huddled to gossip. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 As an object of desire, the schoolgirl is familiar enough—as a subject in her own right, less so. Molly Fischer, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Her father was killed during the Mexican Revolution, when Bravo Hollis was a schoolgirl. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schoolgirl was in 1678

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“Schoolgirl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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school·​girl -ˌgər(-ə)l How to pronounce schoolgirl (audio)
: a girl attending school
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