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[gurl-hoo d] /ˈgɜrl hʊd/
the state or time of being a girl.
girls collectively:
the nation's girlhood.
Origin of girlhood
First recorded in 1775-85; girl + -hood
Related forms
pregirlhood, noun Unabridged
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  • Hester Paine, as a young lady, fulfills the promise of her girlhood.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Her girlhood had in it a certain dignity as of a virgin priestess or sibyl.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The complacent sophistries of her girlhood no longer answered for truth.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Because I will never cause you to blush for the history of your wife's girlhood.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • It was a face of girlhood, almost mature—a face with wonderment on it now.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for girlhood


the state or time of being a girl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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