[gurl-hoo d]


the state or time of being a girl.
girls collectively: the nation's girlhood.

Origin of girlhood

First recorded in 1775–85; girl + -hood
Related formspre·girl·hood, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for girlhood

Contemporary Examples of girlhood

Historical Examples of girlhood

  • 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.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The complacent sophistries of her girlhood no longer answered for truth.


    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



the state or time of being a girl
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