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

Definition of schoolgirl

: a girl attending school

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The extremists are known for mass abductions of schoolgirls and putting young women and men into suicide vests for attacks on markets, mosques and other high-traffic areas. Fox News, "Suspected Boko Haram extremists killed at least 65 at Nigeria funeral, officials say," 30 July 2019 An energetic schoolgirl hopes to win a talent contest where a prize as a movie extra might lead to her first kiss. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 The poster, which was pulled off the wall and damaged, was believed to depict Ruby Bridges, an African American schoolgirl who became an icon of the civil rights movement, sources told NBC News. NBC News, "African American employee's office vandalized inside Education Department," 23 Aug. 2019 This afternoon, old men wilt in a cleft in the rocks, and a schoolgirl hauls a plastic bag heavy with one fat octopus. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 22 Aug. 2019 Previous reports suggested a gender-bent take on the material focusing on a group of schoolgirls. Nick Romano,, "Call Me by Your Name director in talks to helm Lord of the Flies movie," 29 July 2019 The fire, at the studio of Kyoto Animation, came just weeks after a man went on a stabbing rampage in a Tokyo suburb, attacking 17 schoolgirls, killing one of them and an adult. Motoko Rich,, "Kyoto Animation Studio Arson Kills 33, Shocking Japan," 18 July 2019 Less than two months ago, a knife-wielding man slashed at a group of schoolgirls at a bus stop in Kawasaki, just south of Tokyo, killing one girl and the father of another, while injuring more than a dozen children. Susan Steade, The Mercury News, "Arson attack on Japanese animation studio kills 33," 18 July 2019 In May, a man stabbed 17 schoolgirls, killing one of them and an adult. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Suspected Arson at Kyoto Animation Studio Kills 33, Shocking Japan," 17 July 2019

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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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