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girlhood

[gurl-hoo d]
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noun
  1. the state or time of being a girl.
  2. girls collectively: the nation's girlhood.

Origin of girlhood

First recorded in 1775–85; girl + -hood
Related formspre·girl·hood, noun
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Examples from the Web for girlhood

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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

girlhood

noun
  1. the state or time of being a girl
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