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girl

 (gûrl)
n.
1. A female child.
2. A daughter: our youngest girl.
3. Often Offensive A woman.
4. Informal
a. A woman socializing with a group of women: a night out with the girls.
b. Used as a familiar form of address to express support of or camaraderie with a woman.
5. Informal A female sweetheart: cadets escorting their girls to the ball.
6. Offensive A female servant or employee.

[Middle English girle, child, girl, of unknown origin.]

girl′hood′ n.

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. an informal word for daughter
6. a female employee, esp a female servant
7. derogatory South African a Black female servant of any age
8. the girls (usually plural) informal a group of women, esp acquaintances
[C13: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Low German Göre boy, girl]
Usage: The use of girl as in meaning 4, to refer to a woman of any age, is highly likely to be considered old-fashioned or to cause offence

girl

(gɜrl)

n.
1. a female child, from birth to full growth.
2. a young, immature woman, esp., formerly, an unmarried one.
3. a daughter: My wife and I have two girls.
4. Usu. Offensive. a grown woman.
5. girlfriend; sweetheart.
6. Usu. Offensive.
a. a female servant.
b. a female employee.
7. a female who is from or native to a given place: She's a Missouri girl.
8. girls, (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a. a range of sizes from 7 to 14, for garments made for girls.
b. a garment in this size range.
[1250–1300; Middle English gurle, girle, gerle child, young person; compare Old English gyrela, gi(e)rela, item of dress, apparel (presumably worn by the young in late Old English period, and hence used as a metonym)]
usage: Many women today resent being called girls or the less formal gals. In business and professional offices, the girl or my girl in reference to one's secretary has decreased but not disappeared. Such terms as the girls for a group of women, girl or gal friday for a female assistant, and bachelor girl for an unmarried woman are frequently regarded as offensive. Working girl in the sense “a woman who works,” as well as girl in reference to one's maid or housekeeper, are increasingly considered offensive and are declining in use. See also lady, woman.

girl

Girl is used in two different ways.

It is used to refer to a female child.

...a girl of eleven.
The boys and girls cheered.

It is also used to refer to a young woman up to the age of about 30.

We'd been invited to the wedding of a girl we knew.
At the next table was a pretty girl waiting for someone.
1. 'little girl'

You can refer to a girl up to the age of 10 as a little girl.

She's a very well behaved little girl.
2. 'young woman'

Many young women object to being referred to as girls. Instead they prefer to be referred to as women. In formal writing, the expression young woman is used, instead of 'girl'.

The Society aims to serve the needs of young women.

In American English, young people sometimes use female to talk about young women, tp avoid using woman or girl.

I cannot say for certain, as she is a female.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.girl - a young womangirl - a young woman; "a young lady of 18"
babe, sister, baby - (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; "she was the belle of the ball"
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; "she was incensed that this chit of a girl should dare to make a fool of her in front of the class"; "she's a saucy chit"
colleen - an Irish girl
dame, wench, doll, chick, bird, skirt - 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
maiden, maid - 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, tomboy, romp - a girl who behaves in a boyish manner
valley girl - a girl who grew up in the tract housing in the San Fernando Valley
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
working girl - a young woman who is employed
2.girl - a youthful female persongirl - a youthful female person; "the baby was a girl"; "the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle"
female person, female - a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
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, male child - a youthful male person; "the baby was a boy"; "she made the boy brush his teeth every night"; "most soldiers are only boys in uniform"
3.girl - a female human offspringgirl - a female human offspring; "her daughter cared for her in her old age"
female offspring - a child who is female
mother's daughter - a daughter who is favored by and similar to her mother
son, boy - a male human offspring; "their son became a famous judge"; "his boy is taller than he is"
4.girl - a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involvedgirl - a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved; "his girlfriend kicked him out"
lover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
5.girl - a friendly informal reference to a grown woman; "Mrs. Smith was just one of the girls"
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"

girl

noun
1. female child, schoolgirl, lass, lassie (informal), miss, maiden (archaic), maid (archaic) an eleven-year-old girl
2. daughter, female child My sister has two little girls.
3. young woman, maiden, chick (slang), maid, lass, damsel (archaic), bird (slang), colleen (Irish), lassie (informal), wench a pretty twenty-year-old girl
Related words
fear parthenophobia
Translations
بِنْتعَزْباءفَتَاةٌفتاه
dívkaholčičkaholkaděvče
pigetøs
fraŭlinoknabinoservistinovirino
plikatüdruk
دختر
tyttölikkapiika
djevojčicadjevojka
lányleányszolgaszolgálónő
stúlkastúlka, stelpaþernaþjónustustúlka
少女
소녀아가씨
puella
draugėmergaitėmergaitiškasmerginaskautė
jaunietemeitene
meisjegrietgrietjemeidmeidje
dievča
dekledeklicahčidekla
flickajäntatjejtös
เด็กผู้หญิง
kızgenç kadıngenç kız
con gáithiếu nữ

girl

[gɜːl]
A. Nchica f, muchacha f; (= small) → niña f; (= young woman) → chica f, joven f; (= servant) → criada f, chica f (= girlfriend) → novia f, polola f (Chile)
factory girlobrera f
shop girldependienta f
old girl (Brit) [of school] → ex-alumna f, antigua alumna f (o.f.) (= elderly woman) → señora f, abuelita f
the old girl (Brit) (= wife) → la parienta; (= mother) → la vieja
now listen to me, my girl!¡escúchame, guapa!
B. CPD girl Friday Nempleada f de confianza
girl guide, girl scout (US) Nexploradora f, guía f

girl

[ˈgɜːrl] n
(= child) → fille f, fillette f
a five-year-old girl → une petite fille de cinq ans, une fillette de cinq ans
a little girl → une petite fille, une fillette
a little English girl → une petite Anglaise
a baby girl → une petite fille, un bébé
a girls' school → une école de filles
(= young unmarried woman) → jeune fille
a sixteen-year-old girl → une jeune fille de seize ans
an English girl → une jeune Anglaise
teenage girls → les adolescentes
(= daughter) → fille f
They've got a girl and two boys → Ils ont une fille et deux garçons.
the girls (= female friends) → les filles
the birthday girl → celle dont c'est l'anniversairegirl band ngirls band m

girl

n
Mädchen nt; (= daughter)Tochter f; (= girlfriend)Freundin f; an English girleine Engländerin; they are hoping for a little girlsie wünschen sich (dat)ein Töchterchen; the Smith girlsdie Smith-Mädchen, die Mädchen von den Smiths; my eldest girlmeine älteste Tochter, meine Älteste; the girls (= colleagues)die Damen; girls’ night outDamengesellschaft f; I’m going out with the girls tonightich gehe heute Abend mit meinen Freundinnen aus; thank you, girlsvielen Dank; the old girldie Alte (inf)or alte Frau; (inf, = wife, mother) → meine/seine etc Alte (inf) ? big
(= employee)Mädchen nt; (in shop) → Verkäuferin f; (in factory) → Arbeiterin f ? blouse

girl

:
girl band
n (Mus) → Girlband f
girl Friday
nAllroundsekretärin f
girlfriend
nFreundin f
Girl Guide
n (Brit) → Pfadfinderin f
girlhood
nMädchenzeit f, → Jugend f; in her girlin ihrer Jugend

girl

[gɜːl] n (child) → bambina, ragazzina; (young unmarried woman) → signorina, ragazza; (daughter) → figlia, figliola (fam) (girlfriend) → ragazza
a little girl → una bambina
factory girl → operaia
shop girl → commessa
the old girl next door (fam) → la vecchia qui accanto

girl

(gəːl) noun
1. a female child. Her new baby is a girl.
2. a young usually unmarried woman.
ˈgirlish adjective
of or like a girl. girlish laughter.
ˈgirl-friend noun
a girl or woman who is often in the company of a particular man or boy. He is taking his girl-friend to the cinema tonight.
Girl Guide (also Guide), (American) Girl Scout
(also no capitals) a member of an organization for girls which is aimed at developing character etc.

girl

بِنْت, فَتَاةٌ dívka pige, tøs Mädchen κοπέλα, κορίτσι chica, muchacha tyttö fille, jeune fille djevojčica, djevojka ragazza 少女 소녀, 아가씨 meisje jente dziewczyna menina, moça, rapariga девочка, девушка flicka เด็กผู้หญิง genç kız, kız con gái, thiếu nữ 女孩, 少女

girl

n niña, muchacha, chica
References in classic literature ?
It didn't matter so much when you were a little girl, but now you are so tall, and turn up your hair, you should remember that you are a young lady.
The story of Doctor Reefy and his courtship of the tall dark girl who became his wife and left her money to him is a very curious story.
Miss Temple, Miss Temple, what--WHAT is that girl with curled hair?
The girl we go to meet is the girl we have met before.
At the same time she cautioned him with many angry words against speaking to a black girl he would most likely meet in the wood.
His only expression was one of interested attention--he was trying to discover what the girl was doing.
When a young girl wished to learn to draw, and her mother asked advice of her friends, the answer was, invariably: "Send her to Servin's.
Now it chanced one day that some blood fell on to the spindle, and as the girl stopped over the well to wash it off, the spindle suddenly sprang out of her hand and fell into the well.
To-day, two hours after sunset, Twala will send for my lords to witness the girls dance, and one hour after the dance begins the girl whom Twala thinks the fairest shall be killed by Scragga, the king's son, as a sacrifice to the Silent Ones, who sit and keep watch by the mountains yonder," and he pointed towards the three strange-looking peaks where Solomon's road was supposed to end.
He opens his umbrella and dashes off Strandwards, but comes into collision with a flower girl, who is hurrying in for shelter, knocking her basket out of her hands.
This little girl, Dorothy, was like dozens of little girls you know.
While wondering what he should do in this emergency he came upon a girl sitting by the roadside.