Meaning of “girlfriend” in the English Dictionary

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"girlfriend" in British English

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girlfriendnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡɜːl.frend/ us /ˈɡɝːl.frend/

A2 a woman or girl who a person is having a romantic or sexual relationship with:

I've never met his girlfriend.

A2 the female friend of a woman:

Susan was going out to lunch with her girlfriends.

slang often humorous used, usually by a woman, when talking to a woman:

You'd better listen to me, girlfriend.

More examples

  • Bill arrived at the party with his new girlfriend on his arm.
  • You've met Ben's new girlfriend, haven't you? What's she like?
  • Ever since his girlfriend left him he has felt numb.
  • He gets really jealous if his girlfriend strikes up a friendship with another man.
  • His girlfriend's very young.

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

"girlfriend" in American English

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girlfriendnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡɜrl·frend/

a woman with whom you have a romantic relationship, or a female friend:

I’ve never met his girlfriend.
Susan was going out to lunch with her girlfriends.

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