girl

[gurl]
noun
1.
a female child, from birth to full growth.
2.
a young, immature woman, especially formerly, an unmarried one.
3.
a daughter: My wife and I have two girls.
4.
Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a grown woman, especially when referred to familiarly: She's having the girls over for bridge next week.
5.
a girlfriend; sweetheart.
6.
Older Use: Usually Offensive. a female servant, as a maid.
7.
Older Use: Usually Offensive. a female employee, especially an office assistant.
8.
a female who is from or native to a given place: She's a Missouri girl.
9.
girls, (used with a singular or plural verb)
a.
a range of sizes from 7 to 14, for garments made for girls.
b.
a garment in this size range.
c.
the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
10.
girls, Slang. one's breasts (usually preceded by the, my, etc., and primarily used self-referentially by women).

Origin:
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 OE period, and hence used as a metonym)


Some adult women are offended if referred to as a girl, or informally, a gal. However, a group of adult female friends often refer to themselves as the girls, and their “girls night out” implies the company of adult females. Also, a woman may express camaraderie by addressing another woman as girl, as in You go, girl! or Attagirl!
Referring to one's female office assistant or housekeeper as the girl or my girl, once in common use, is now considered unacceptable. Working girl, meaning “a woman who works,” girl/gal Friday, meaning “a female office assistant,” and other occupational terms such as career girl and college girl, are also dated and often perceived as insulting. Working girl as a slang term meaning “a prostitute” is sometimes used by female prostitutes as a euphemistic self-reference. See also lady, woman.
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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.  informal (usually plural) the girls a group of women, esp acquaintances
 
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.

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girl
late 13c., gyrle "child" (of either sex), of unknown origin; current scholarship leans toward an unrecorded O.E. *gyrele, from P.Gmc. *gurwilon-, dim. of *gurwjoz (represented by Low Ger. gære "boy, girl"), from PIE *ghwrgh-, also found in Gk. parthenos "virgin." But this is highly conjectural.
Another candidate is O.E. gierela "garment." Like boy, lass, lad it is of obscure origin. "Probably most of them arose as jocular transferred uses of words that had originally different meaning" [OED]. Specific meaning of "female child" is 14c. Applied to "any young unmarried woman" since 1520s. Meaning "sweetheart" is from 1648. Girl next door as a type of unflashy attractiveness is first recorded 1961.
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girl definition


  1. n.
    a woman; a young woman. (Objectionable to some as demeaning to women.) : A bunch of us girls got together for coffee today.
  2. n.
    the queen of playing cards. (See also bitch.) : What I needed in that last hand was the girl.
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GIRL definition


Graph Information Retrieval Language. A language for handling directed graphs.
["Graph Information Retrieval Language", S. Berkowitz, Report 76-0085, Naval Ship Res Dev Center, (Feb 1976)].
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