a female child, from birth to full growth.
a young, immature woman, especially formerly, an unmarried one.
a daughter: My wife and I have two girls.
Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a grown woman, especially when referred to familiarly: She's having the girls over for bridge next week.
Older Use: Usually Offensive. a female servant, as a maid.
Older Use: Usually Offensive. a female employee, especially an office assistant.
a female who is from or native to a given place: She's a Missouri girl.
girls, (used with a singular or plural verb)
a range of sizes from 7 to 14, for garments made for girls.
a garment in this size range.
the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
girls, Slang. one's breasts (usually preceded by the, my, etc., and primarily used self-referentially by women).
Referring to one's female office assistant or housekeeper as the girl or my girl, once in common use, is now considered unacceptable. Working girl, meaning “a woman who works,” girl/gal Friday, meaning “a female office assistant,” and other occupational terms such as career girl and college girl, are also dated and often perceived as insulting. Working girl as a slang term meaning “a prostitute” is sometimes used by female prostitutes as a euphemistic self-reference. See also lady, woman.
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How to use girl in a sentence
Another cheer parent, April Grant, told VOSD she also found the reasoning they cut Ingalls’ daughter suspect, because several other girls caught vaping in recent years made the team.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out | Ashly McGlone | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
If you find a girl who is interested in calculus, you don’t squash that.When a Calculus Class Abruptly Became Ceramics at Lincoln High | Scott Lewis | September 16, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
She’s the girl next door that millennials grew up with, from her debut on Saved by the Bell and as a cheerleader on Bring It On.
Data from the CRISPR’d baby girls, for example, showed that the experiment littered their genomes with off-target edits at the embryo stage.A CRISPR Baby Future? New Report Outlines Path to Human Germline Editing | Shelly Fan | September 15, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The good news is that the Malala Fund and its partners are working to mitigate some of the current challenges to girls’ learning.Malala Yousafzai puts the remote learning struggle in perspective | Michal Lev-Ram, writer | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
The brother of a girl who made her debut in New Orleans society was shaking his fists in excitement.
But, but … there was a token black girl in the background, Target cried in its defense!One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem | Danielle Belton | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once upon a time, a girl named Onika Maraj dreamed of being an actress.
But religious tolerance would be a wholesome goodie for every boy and girl.
They made quiet plans together, saying that when they had a child together, they wanted a girl called Grace.
Was he really condemned to an eternal solitude because of the girl who had died so many years ago?Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
The two little Pontelliers were with him, and he carried Madame Ratignolle's little girl in his arms.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
"I hope you don't think I speak always to strangers, like that," said the girl in the rose hat.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
The young man smiled at the girl, as he crushed up the notes and stuffed them into his pocket.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
Sometimes it was a young girl, again a widow; but as often as not it was some interesting married woman.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for girl
a female child from birth to young womanhood
a young unmarried woman; lass; maid
informal a sweetheart or girlfriend
informal a woman of any age
an informal word for daughter
a female employee, esp a female servant
Southern African derogatory a Black female servant of any age
the girls (usually plural) informal a group of women, esp acquaintances
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