• WordNet 3.6
    • n girl a female human offspring "her daughter cared for her in her old age"
    • n girl a youthful female person "the baby was a girl","the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle"
    • n girl a young woman "a young lady of 18"
    • n girl a friendly informal reference to a grown woman "Mrs. Smith was just one of the girls"
    • n girl a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved "his girlfriend kicked him out"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Smart Girl to keen motorist Smart Girl to keen motorist
"There is a good, wholesome-lookin' girl." "There is a good, wholesome-lookin' girl."
The Juggling Girl The Juggling Girl
Girl Spinning Girl Spinning

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Little Miss Muffet was a girl from the 16th century whose name was really Patience
    • Girl A female child, from birth to the age of puberty; a young maiden.
    • Girl A female servant; a maidservant.
    • Girl (Zoöl) A roebuck two years old.
    • Girl A young person of either sex; a child.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Girls have more tastebud than boys
    • n girl A young person of either sex; a child.
    • n girl A female child; any young person of the female sex; a young unmarried woman.
    • n girl In the language of the chase, a roebuck of two years old.
    • n girl A maid-servant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Girls tend to sleep more soundly than boys.
    • n Girl gėrl a female child: a young unmarried woman: a maid-servant
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  • Helen Rowland
    “The hardest task of a girl's life, nowadays, is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “When you see what some girls marry, you realize how they must hate to work for a living.”
  • Francoise Sagan
    Francoise Sagan
    “Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.”
  • John Barrymore
    “My wife is the kind of girl who will not go anywhere without her mother, and her mother will go anywhere.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?”


Big girl's blouse - A person who is very weak or fussy is a big girl's blouse.
Girl Friday - A girl Friday is a female employee who assists someone without any specific duties.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. girle, gerle, gurle, a girl (in sense 1): cf. LG. gör, child
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from Old Low Ger. gör, a child, with dim. suffix -l.


In literature:

Who's this guy's girl?
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
The girl was wholly satisfied with Dic, who was "less than kin," but very much "more than kind.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
The girls were squabbling up in their room when his card was handed them.
"Jolly Sally Pendleton" by Laura Jean Libbey
She was not thinking of the girl.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
But the girl quickly withdrew it out of his reach.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
A girl, a good girl that loved me, begged me not to go.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
The girl has had a hard time.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Yet girls do let men, girls like it so all my friends say.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
Even the way she expressed herself was different from the girls in the village.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
The girl did not realize that her face proved her innocence.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie

In poetry:

Thou singest, little girl--
Thy sire, the King is he:
Around thee glories whirl,
But all things sigh in thee.
"On Hearing The Princess Royal Sing" by Victor Marie Hugo
Two sweet-faced girls came walking
Thro' my lonely home one day,
And I overheard them talking
Of an altar on their way.
"Death Of The Flower" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Laughing girl, and thoughtful woman,
I am puzzled how to woo —
Shall I praise, or pique her, Lily?
Tell me what to do.
"The Lily Confidante" by Henry Timrod
The girl that slumbers at our side
Will dream how they are bent,
That love her even as they love
Thy blessed instrument.
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera II" by Thomas Stoddart
For he shoots with his bow,
And the girl shoots with her eye,
And they both are merry and glad,
And laugh when we do cry.
"Why Was Cupid a Boy" by William Blake
A very good girl was EMILY JANE,
JIMMY was good and true,
JOHN was a very good man in the main
(And I am a good man too).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The magazine's cover girl has been criticized as "wholesomely proportioned" and a "Page 3 girl".
The coveted American Girl dolls are now being sold at the new American Girl store at The Falls in Miami.
It's a tale as old as time: Girl meets boy, girl marries other boy and achieves cheap tawdry fame on a reality show, then girl goes back to the first boy and gets a marriage proposal on stage.
If you're four girls, you can bring 4 girls.
Motley Crue 's Vince Neil Joins Teen Rockers Onstage for 'Girls Girls Girls' Performance.
There has never been and will never be a girl like this girl.
Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts hold a day camp for girls in first through eighth grades from 10 am to 4 pm July 27-28 at Bishop's Beach.
Jenny McCarthy grew up very fast in the public eye as a sexy pin-up girl for Playboy magazine, but as a young girl growing up in Chicago's South Side, she was deeply religious.
Prosecutors allege 31-year-old Daniel Funderberg became involved with a 16-year-old girl this summer and told investigators that he had sex with the girl at his house.
Lexi Tenenbaum, a senior at Maple Grove High School, won first place in the girls 1-meter diving competition at the 2012 MSHSL Girls AA Swim & Dive Championships.
Dolphin bites girl at SeaWorld: An 8-year-old girl from Georgia was bitten by a dolphin while at a feeding exhibit at SeaWorld Orlando.
Police: Girl struck by car that was leaving drive-by shooting police, struck, car, girl, vehicle, drive, dunn, seriously, witnesses, alley.
Many believe that the girl in this photo is girl kidnapping in Torreon eight years ago.
St Eds girls dominate Martin County in girls lacrosse.
A recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute found that girls define their health in holistic terms, and place equal value on emotional and physical well-being.

In science:

So far this evening, the opportunity to kiss a girl, leaning whatever way, has not presented itself.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
The photographs had to ”scanned”, work that was tedious and time-consuming for the girl technicians.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
The killers also kidnapped three girls during the same attack, authorities said, and one of the girls was found wounded on a nearby road.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
There is significant difference between characteristic response times of boys and girls on this test.
Test item response time and the response likelihood
Girls were answering correctly to an item, in average, 7 seconds later.
Test item response time and the response likelihood