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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.
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the state or time of being a girl
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(ˈgɜrl hʊd)

1. the state or time of being a girl.
2. girls collectively: the nation's girlhood.
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Girlery, Girlhood

 girls collectively, 1805.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.girlhood - the childhood of a girlgirlhood - the childhood of a girl    
childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child
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[ˈgɜːlhʊd] Njuventud f, mocedad f
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(= childhood) → enfance f
(= teenage years) → jeunesse f, adolescence f
(= child's) [experience, dream] → d'enfance
(= teenager's) [experience, dream] → de jeunessegirlie magazine girly magazine [ˌgɜːrliˈmægəziːn] nmagazine m porno girl power ngirl power m
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[ˈgɜːlˌhud] ngiovinezza
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References in classic literature ?
Pontellier talked about her father's Mississippi plantation and her girlhood home in the old Kentucky bluegrass country.
As I walked by her side that May morning, I was only conscious of her voice and her exquisite girlhood; for though she talked with the APLOMB of a woman of the world, a passionate candour and simple ardour in her manner would have betrayed her, had her face not plainly declared her the incarnation of twenty.
She wondered as she regarded some of the grizzled women in the room, mere mechanical contrivances sewing seams and grinding out, with heads bended over their work, tales of imagined or real girlhood happiness, past drunks, the baby at home, and unpaid wages.
Eliza had been brought up by her mistress, from girlhood, as a petted and indulged favorite.
Looking at her she may have recalled the golden, irrecoverable days of her own girlhood and her own first ball.
Between Elizabeth and her one son George there was a deep unexpressed bond of sympathy, based on a girlhood dream that had long ago died.
But in another moment she seemed to have descended from her womanly eminence to helpless and timorous girlhood; and he understood that her courage and initiative were all for others, and that she had none for herself.
The whole world bloomed in a flush and tremor of maiden loveliness, instinct with all the evasive, fleeting charm of spring and girlhood and young morning.
Rebecca, Adam thought, as he took off his hat and saluted the pretty panorama,--Rebecca, with her tall slenderness, her thoughtful brow, the fire of young joy in her face, her fillet of dark braided hair, might have been a young Muse or Sibyl; and the flowery hayrack, with its freight of blooming girlhood, might have been painted as an allegorical picture of The Morning of Life.
Had it befallen me never to quit that village--had it befallen me to remain for ever in that spot--I should always have been happy; but fate ordained that I should leave my birthplace even before my girlhood had come to an end.
"All the world is so changed since our girlhood!" rejoined the other: "young people have such old heads now.
She had occasionally caught glimpses of these men in girlhood, looking over hedges, or peeping through bushes, and pointing their guns, strangely accoutred, a bloodthirsty light in their eyes.