A boyfriend is a male romantic partner. Your cousin might ask if she can bring her boyfriend to the family Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Usually, your boyfriend is a boy or man you're romantically involved with. Your aunt might join a dating site after breaking up with her boyfriend, and your ten year old neighbor might announce she has a boyfriend after a boy leaves a candy bar on her desk. The words boyfriend and girlfriend first appeared in the early 1900s, around the start of modern dating in the US.

Definitions of boyfriend
  1. noun
    a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman
    “if I'd known he was her boyfriend I wouldn't have asked”
    synonyms: beau, fellow, swain, young man
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    type of:
    a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
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