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[gurl-hoo d] /ˈgɜrl hʊd/
the state or time of being a girl.
girls collectively:
the nation's girlhood.
Origin of girlhood
1775-85; girl + -hood
Related forms
pregirlhood, noun Unabridged
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  • There was news in them such as thrills always the half-comprehending sympathies of girlhood.

  • Hester Paine, as a young lady, fulfills the promise of her girlhood.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Emily, sweet and gracious as she is, scarcely seems more than a fair vision of girlhood.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • The complacent sophistries of her girlhood no longer answered for truth.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Never in all her life had she been so at peace; never since her girlhood had she been so gay.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for girlhood


the state or time of being a girl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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