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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Particularly in aristocratic circles, young women hardly out of girlhood were married off as political pawns.
▪ She spent her girlhood in San Francisco, where her father dabbled in both journalism and the theater.
▪ The entertainment reminded Alix of the end-of-term pantomime at school, a regular feature of her own girlhood.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Girlhood \Girl"hood\, n. State or time of being a girl.


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The state of being a girl. 2 (context countable English) The childhood of a girl.


n. the childhood of a girl [syn: maidenhood, maidhood]


Girlhood may refer to:

  • the state or period of being a girl
  • Girlhood (film), a 2014 French film by Céline Sciamma
Girlhood (film)

Girlhood (, Gang of Girls) is a 2014 French drama film directed by Céline Sciamma, starring Karidja Touré. It is a coming of age film that focuses on the life of Marieme (Karidja Touré), a girl who lives in a rough neighborhood right outside of Paris The film discusses and challenges conceptions of race, gender and class; Sciamma's goal was to capture the stories of black teenagers, characters she claims are generally underdeveloped in French films. It was screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It was also screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It received four nominations at the 40th César Awards, including Best Director for Céline Sciamma and Most Promising Actress for Karidja Touré.

Usage examples of "girlhood".

Standing naked before the horned altar, Aganippe struggled to stay awake, murmuring prayers she had recited since girlhood, while they painted her body with yellow ochre-- the earth color.

The small book-crammed sitting room of the Mifflins, the sparkling fire, the lively chirrup of the bookseller reading aloud--and there, in the old easy chair whose horsehair stuffing was bulging out, that blue-eyed vision of careless girlhood!

I think back to those bygone days of girlhood and wish just once, we could have had the courage to.

According to what Zack had said, there was apparently some incomprehensible confusion and mystery in connection with a Hair Bracelet and the young woman whose extraordinary likeness to what Mary Grice had been in her girlhood, had first suggested to him the purpose he was now pursuing.

She was in a strange, jokey mood, and Tom wondered if it was because these dismal steeps reminded her of her girlhood on that other island.

What ghosts from old years that Graham could not see, what memories from her childhood and girlhood, what shadows from the old Paris life, were thronging round Therese Linders, as with changed name and dress she sat there in her convent parlour!

On summers in her girlhood her family had returned to a small town of one thousand in The Mallee region of north Victoria.

Little by little, messieurs, she learned to like her girlhood, and to forget, in part, the horrors that lay in the past.

Never again could she know the joyousness of light-hearted girlhood, while nothing the world might give her could atone for the terrible trespass which had broken the harmony of her moral nature by the perpetual sense of unatoned wrong-doing.

A tide of long-forgotten girlhood welled up in her heart, and she laughed as she floated off on it past the astonished eyes of Miss Triscoe and Burnamy.

Renamo used mainly women porters, trained since girlhood to carry weights on their cads That quantity of avgas was sufficient to keep the Hind flying for almost two hundred hours, and by then there would be a good chance of capturing a Frelimo fuel tanker, either on the railway line or on one of the roads nearer the coast that were still open to traffic.

But Lady Theresa, whose guest she was, was shocked beyond measure, dared not guess what her father would have said, ascribed it all to her having cried off from her engagement to Rotherham, and recalled with approval her own girlhood, when she had never done so much as walk in the park at Milverley without having her footman in attendance.

For now I want her adored and indulged by a lad handsome enough to be the envy of all her equals among the other domains through these last seasons of her girlhood.

Her body, slack with age, IN S I L EN C E 103 assumed the energy of girlhood.

She was conscious of everything--her childhood, her girlhood, all the forgotten incidents, all the unrealised influences and all the happenings she had not understood, pertaining to herself, to her family, to her friends, her lovers, her acquaintances, everybody.