girl·​friend | \ ˈgər(-ə)l-ˌfrend How to pronounce girlfriend (audio) \

Definition of girlfriend

1 : a female friend
2 : a frequent or regular female companion in a romantic or sexual relationship

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Examples of girlfriend in a Sentence

My girlfriend and I have only been dating for a couple of months. She spends hours talking on the phone with her girlfriends.
Recent Examples on the Web The suit, from an ex-girlfriend of Manson who was only identified as Jane Doe, alleged that Manson raped and threatened to kill her. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 15 Sep. 2021 Zverev’s ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova, who competed in International Tennis Federation junior circuit matches as a teen, first accused him of abuse in an October 2020 interview with Russian website Championat. Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone, 10 Sep. 2021 Lucy is the 7-year-old daughter of Charles' ex-girlfriend, Emma. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 8 Sep. 2021 Walker faces a series of allegations from his ex-wife and an ex-girlfriend as well as a third woman about his personal conduct. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 The man identified one of them as his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend. cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 After the post, Sam apologized to his ex-girlfriend. Alexandra Brodsky, The New Yorker, 20 Aug. 2021 Authorities in Illinois have detained Christopher Anderson, a Wisconsin man who has been on the run for months after allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child. Chris Harris,, 9 Sep. 2021 His ex-girlfriend called 911 about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday and told dispatchers that Arias was at her door and armed, the chief said., 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of girlfriend

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of girlfriend was in 1859

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24 Sep 2021

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“Girlfriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of girlfriend

: a woman that someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship with
: a female friend


girl·​friend | \ ˈgərl-ˌfrend How to pronounce girlfriend (audio) \

Kids Definition of girlfriend

1 : a female friend
2 : a regular female companion of a boy or man

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