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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: gurle, girle 'child, young person' (13-15 centuries), of unknown origin

girl

noun
     
girl S1 W1 [countable]
1

child

a female child [↪ boy]:
Both boys and girls can apply to join the choir.
little/small/young girl
I've known Mollie ever since I was a little girl.
five-year-old girl/girl of ten etc
The patient was a girl of twelve.
Girls! Please be quiet.
a teenage girl
2

daughter

a daughter [↪ boy]:
They have two girls and a boy.
somebody's little girl
How old's your little girl (=somebody's young daughter) now?
Time for bed, girls!
3

woman

a word meaning a woman, especially a young woman, which is considered offensive by some women:
I'll invite some of the girls from the office.
Steve's married to a lovely Dutch girl.
4

the girls

informal a group of women who are friends and often go out together:
I'm going out with the girls tonight.
5

animal

used when speaking to a female animal, especially a dog, cat, or horse [↪ boy]:
Bring me the stick. Good girl!
6

girl

American English spoken informal used by a woman when she is speaking to another woman she knows well:
Hey, girl. What's up?
7

(you) go, girl!

American English spoken informal used to encourage a girl or woman, or to say that you agree with what she is saying
8

girlfriend

old-fashioned a word for a woman who you are having a romantic relationship with [= girlfriend]
9

my girl

old-fashioned used by an older person when speaking to a girl or woman who is younger than they are, or when they are annoyed:
Listen to me, my girl!
10

factory girl/shop girl/office girl

old-fashioned a young woman who works in a factory, shop, office etc
11

servant

old-fashioned a woman servant

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