Meaning of “girl” in the English Dictionary


"girl" in English

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uk /ɡɜːl/ us /ɡɝːl/

A1 [ C ] a female child or young woman, especially one still at school:

Two girls showed us round the classrooms.

A1 [ C ] a daughter:

We have two girls.
My little girl is five.

[ C usually plural ] old-fashioned a woman worker, especially when seen as one of a group:

shop/office girls
the girls B1 [ plural ]

a group of female friends:

I'm going out with the girls tonight.
The girls at work gave it to me.

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

"girl" in American English

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girlnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡɜrl/

a female child or, more generally, a female of any age:

Two little girls showed us around the kindergarten.
The girls’ basketball team is undefeated.

Girl sometimes means daughter:

We have two girls, a six-year-old and an eight-year-old.
Note: Many adult women consider it offensive to be called girls by other people, esp. men, although this was common in the past, and they might still call themselves or their friends girls.

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