Meaning of “boyfriend” in the English Dictionary

"boyfriend" in British English

See all translations

boyfriendnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɔɪ.frend/ us /ˈbɔɪ.frend/

A2 a man or boy that a person is having a romantic or sexual relationship with:

He's not my boyfriend - we're just good friends!
Cathy's ex-boyfriend was a really nice guy.
Compare

More examples

  • Did you know that Sarah has ditched her boyfriend?
  • I was consoling Liz on having broken up with her boyfriend.
  • Lorna is completely crazy about her boyfriend.
  • Anna says she feels jealous every time another woman looks at her boyfriend.
  • I hear Paula has moved in with her boyfriend.

used to refer to a loose, comfortable style of clothing for women that is based on men's clothes:

a boyfriend jacket/blazer
boyfriend jeans

(Definition of “boyfriend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"boyfriend" in American English

See all translations

boyfriendnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɔɪˌfrend/

a man or boy with whom a person is having a romantic relationship

(Definition of “boyfriend” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)