Meaning of “the lads” in the English Dictionary

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"the lads" in British English

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the lads

UK informal

used to refer to the group of men that a young man spends time with socially, especially those who he drinks alcohol with or plays sport with:

I'm having a night out with the lads.

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