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noun [countable] girl pronunciation in British English /ɡɜː(r)l/
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  1. 1
    a female child
    There are 12 boys and 15 girls in my son’s class.
    little girl: What a pretty little girl!
    1. a.
      a daughter
      Mary’s two girls still live at home.
  2. 2
    a female adult, especially a young one. This use is considered offensive by many women
    Who was that beautiful girl I saw you with last night?
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    1. a.


      [plural] used for talking to or about a group of women, especially by women who are the same age or older. This is often considered offensive when used by men
      So how are you girls doing today?
      the girls (=a woman’s female friends): I’m going out with the girls tonight.
    2. b.
      old-fashioned a young woman who works as a servant or in a shop, office etc
      a shop/an office/a factory girl
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    See also old girl
  3. 3
    [often before noun] a female animal, especially a pet
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