a frequent or favorite female companion; sweetheart.
a female friend.
Also, girl friend.

1855–60; girl + friend Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
girlfriend (ˈɡɜːlˌfrɛnd)
1.  a female friend with whom a man or boy is romantically or sexually involved; sweetheart
2.  any female friend

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Word Origin & History

also girl-friend, 1892, from girl + friend.
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Slang Dictionary

girlfriend definition

  1. n.
    one's female friend. (This sense in addition to the Standard English meaning that includes steady date, female lover, etc. A term of address primarily between females.) : Look, girlfriend, you can't let him treat you like that!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences for girlfriend
In early scripts, she was a sort of girlfriend for eric while he was in paris.
Kitten is the spoiled daughter of killer moth and the girlfriend of the mutant fang.
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