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girlfriend

or girl friend

[ gurl-frend ]
/ ˈgɜrlˌfrɛnd /
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noun

a frequent or favorite female companion; sweetheart.
a female friend.

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RELATED WORDS

partner, sweetheart, friend, companion, date, flame, confidante, steady, intimate

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Origin of girlfriend

First recorded in 1855–60; girl + friend
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British Dictionary definitions for girlfriend

girlfriend

/ (ˈɡɜːlˌfrɛnd) /

noun

a female friend with whom a man or boy is romantically or sexually involved; sweetheart
any female friend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for girlfriend

girlfriend


n.

also girl-friend, by 1863 as "a woman's female friend in youth," from girl + friend (n.). As a man's sweetheart, by 1922. She-friend was used 17c. in the same set of senses, of the mistress of a men and of a woman who is a close friend of another.

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