A girl is a young woman, or a female child. If you have a 3-year-old daughter you have a little girl.

Girl comes from the Middle English garl, but no one knows where that word came from. It used to mean a child of either sex, but now it's only used for female children, paired with the word boy. A girl can be very young, or a young woman who's not quite out on her own in the world yet. Adults in relationships who aren't married call their female loves their girlfriend, even when the girl in question is really a woman.

Definitions of girl

n a young woman

fille, miss, missy, young lady, young woman
(Greek mythology) a maiden seduced by Zeus; when Hera was about to discover them together Zeus turned her into a white heifer
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babe, baby, sister
(slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals
a young woman indulged by rich and powerful older men
chachka, tchotchke, tchotchkeleh, tsatske, tshatshke
(Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect
an Irish girl
bird, chick, dame, doll, skirt, wench
informal terms for a (young) woman
a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
alliterative term for girl (or woman)
a girl of impish appeal
Gibson girl
the idealized American girl of the 1890s as pictured by C. D. Gibson
jeune fille, lass, lassie, young girl
a girl or young woman who is unmarried
maid, maiden
an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
May queen, queen of the May
the girl chosen queen of a May Day festival
a girl who works in a mill
party girl
an attractive young woman hired to attend parties and entertain men
a beautiful and graceful girl
ring girl
a young woman who holds up cards indicating the number of the next round at prize fights
(a literary reference to) a pretty young girl
sex bomb, sex kitten, sexpot
a young woman who is thought to have sex appeal
shop girl
a young female shop assistant
a pert or flirtatious young girl
sweater girl
a girl with an attractive bust who wears tight sweaters
hoyden, romp, tomboy
a girl who behaves in a boyish manner
valley girl
a girl who grew up in the tract housing in the San Fernando Valley
working girl
a young woman who is employed
bobby-socker, bobbysoxer
an adolescent girl wearing bobby socks (common in the 1940s)
damoiselle, damosel, damozel, damsel, demoiselle
a young unmarried woman
a sexually precocious young girl
Type of:
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

n a youthful female person

“the baby was a girl
“the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle”
female child, little girl
boy, male child
a youthful male person
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Campfire Girl
a girl who is a member of Campfire Girls; for girls age 7-18
farm girl
a girl who has grown up on a farm
flower girl
a young girl who carries flowers in a (wedding) procession
a little girl (usually one you are fond of)
a girl attending school
a Boy Scout or Girl Scout
Boy Scout
a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts
Girl Scout
a girl who is a member of the Girl Scouts
Type of:
female, female person
a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies

n a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved

girlfriend, lady friend
Type of:
a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

n a friendly informal reference to a grown woman

“Mrs. Smith was just one of the girls
Type of:
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

n a female human offspring

boy, son
a male human offspring
mother's daughter
a daughter who is favored by and similar to her mother
Type of:
female offspring
a child who is female

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