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girlfriend

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[gurl-frend]
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noun
  1. a frequent or favorite female companion; sweetheart.
  2. a female friend.
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Origin of girlfriend

First recorded in 1855–60; girl + friend
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girlfriend

noun
  1. a female friend with whom a man or boy is romantically or sexually involved; sweetheart
  2. any female friend
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Word Origin and History for 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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