or girl friend



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

Origin of girlfriend

First recorded in 1855–60; girl + friend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for girlfriend

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

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British Dictionary definitions for girlfriend



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

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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