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Meaning of “girl” in the English Dictionary

"girl" in British English

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girlnoun

uk   /ɡɜːl/  us   /ɡɝːl/
A1 [C] a ​femalechild 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 girlsthe girls B1 [plural] a ​group of ​femalefriends: 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 ​femalechild or, more ​generally, a ​female of any ​age: Two little girls ​showed us around the ​kindergarten. The girls’ ​basketballteam is ​undefeated. Girl sometimes ​meansdaughter: 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)
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