girl

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
  1. noun
    a young woman
    synonyms: fille, miss, missy, young lady, young woman
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    Io
    (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
    belle
    a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals
    bimbo
    a young woman indulged by rich and powerful older men
    chachka, tchotchke, tchotchkeleh, tsatske, tshatshke
    (Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
    chit
    a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect
    colleen
    an Irish girl
    bird, chick, dame, doll, skirt, wench
    informal terms for a (young) woman
    flapper
    a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
    gal
    alliterative term for girl (or woman)
    gamine
    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
    mill-girl
    a girl who works in a mill
    party girl
    an attractive young woman hired to attend parties and entertain men
    peri
    a beautiful and graceful girl
    ring girl
    a young woman who holds up cards indicating the number of the next round at prize fights
    rosebud
    (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
    soubrette
    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
    Lolita
    a sexually precocious young girl
    type of:
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  2. noun
    a youthful female person
    “the baby was a girl
    “the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle”
    synonyms: female child, little girl
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    Antonyms:
    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
    moppet
    a little girl (usually one you are fond of)
    schoolgirl
    a girl attending school
    Scout
    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
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    female, female person
    a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
  3. noun
    a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved
    synonyms: girlfriend, lady friend
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    lover
    a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  4. noun
    a friendly informal reference to a grown woman
    “Mrs. Smith was just one of the girls
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    type of:
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  5. noun
    a female human offspring
    synonyms: daughter
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    Antonyms:
    boy, son
    a male human offspring
    types:
    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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