WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
girl /gɝl/USA pronunciation n. [countable] a female child, from birth to full growth. Sex and Gendera young, immature woman, esp., formerly, an unmarried one:All the girls of the village came out to see the stranger. a daughter:My wife and I have two girls. [Often Offensive.]a grown woman:Who's the girl waiting on our table? Sex and Gendergirlfriend; sweetheart:had a girl in every port. [Often Offensive.]
  • a female servant.
  • a female employee:I'll have my girl call your office.
girl•hood, n. [uncountable]
girl•ish, adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

girl /ɡɜːl/ n
  1. a female child from birth to young womanhood
  2. a young unmarried woman; lass; maid
  3. informal a sweetheart or girlfriend
  4. informal a woman of any age
  5. a female employee, esp a female servant
  6. South African derogatory a Black female servant of any age
Etymology: 13th Century: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Low German Göre boy, girl



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