shop·​girl ˈshäp-ˌgər(-ə)l How to pronounce shopgirl (audio)
: a woman employed to sell merchandise especially in a store

Examples of shopgirl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Parker was clearly relishing the shopgirl role. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 Living at the Hôtel Raphael in Paris, Jünger spent most of his days trawling antiques shops, studying early-modern entomologists, visiting mistresses, reading the Old Testament (twice), sampling narcotics, exchanging glances with shopgirls, and recording every minute reflection in his notebooks. Thomas Meaney, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2023 Indeed, its story begins in the 1920s with one Hattie Carnegie, born Henrietta Kanengeiser to a Jewish family in Vienna, who took her last name as a nod to American industrialist Andrew Carnegie and went from working as a shopgirl at Macy’s to founding her own multimillion-dollar fashion brand. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 Mar. 2021 Amalia escapes the cave with the help of Elisabetta Cassini, the lobotomized shopgirl who could make heavy objects defy gravity and apparently still can — a nice little reveal that Hague’s mining army might not be beyond saving. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 17 May 2021 The story centers around a love affair between Kemal, a wealthy member of a prominent Istanbul family, and Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and distant cousin. Daniel H. Weiss, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 As Julia Roberts once told some shopgirls: big mistake. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2019 There is a Chinese performance artist who dons eco-fashion ball gowns and a Copenhagen shopgirl who cycles to work in head-to-toe pastels. Vogue, 5 Sep. 2018 In it, the nine members of TWICE portray the role of shopgirls in a record store auditioning for a spot as television performers -- which also is judged by the nonet. Tamar Herman, Billboard, 14 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shopgirl was in 1798

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“Shopgirl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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