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Girlfriend is a term that can refer to either a female partner in a non-marital romantic relationship or a female non-intimate friend.[1] Look up girlfriend in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The word term refers to either a word unit or a time unit with specified boundaries or limits. ... For other uses, see Female (disambiguation). ... Matrimony redirects here. ... This article primarily discusses philosophical ideologies in relation to the subject of romantic love. ... An interpersonal relationship is some relationship or connection between two people. ...

A man with his girlfriend.
A man with his girlfriend.

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Chen Yu-Rong (left) and her romantic girlfriend Wang Ping (see lesbian) in front of Image Museum of Hsinchu Culture Bureau ("新竹市文化局影像博物館").
Chen Yu-Rong (left) and her romantic girlfriend Wang Ping (see lesbian) in front of Image Museum of Hsinchu Culture Bureau ("新竹市文化局影像博物館").
Girls who are friends, not of a romantic nature.
Girls who are friends, not of a romantic nature.

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Partners in such a non-marital relationship are also sometimes described instead as a significant other, partner or life partner especially if the two partners are living together. At times, since "girlfriend" and "partner" mean different things to different people, the distinctions between the terms are subjective, and which term is used in a relationship will ultimately be determined by personal preference. Significant other Significant Other is the second studio album by Limp Bizkit, released on June 22, 1999. ... A Life partner is a synonym for a spouse. ...


When used by a girl or woman about another female in a non-sexual, non-romantic context, the two-word form "girl friend" is sometimes used to avoid confusion with the sexual or romantic meaning. "Girlfriend" is usually used in terms of very close friends and usually has no sexual connotation in that sense of its usage, but it can, in the case of lesbian and bisexual women. The term also has currency in LGBT communities and can refer to people of any gender or sexuality.[1][2] This article is about human sexual perceptions. ... This article primarily discusses philosophical ideologies in relation to the subject of romantic love. ... This article is about the television show. ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... In human sexuality, bisexuality describes a man or woman having a sexual orientation to persons of either or both sexes (a man or woman who sexually likes both sexes; people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to both males and females). ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ...


Though nuanced, there is a significant difference between "girlfriend" and "boyfriend", and "girl friend" and "boy friend". In a strictly grammatical sense, a "girlfriend" or "boyfriend" is an individual of significance with whom one shares a relationship. A "girl friend" or "boy friend", however, is simply a friend identified on the basis of gender. The transition between the two is a significant aspect of adolescent development.[3]


This term when used between men and women does not necessarily imply a sexual relationship, but is often used to refer to a woman who is dating a man she was not engaged to, without implying that she is having sex with him. With the changes in sexual mores among some people, the term dating when used to indicate that an adult man and woman have gone out together on a date, can imply sexual activity whereas simply using "friend" would likely avoid inferring such intimacy. The term date can refer to: A day according to a calendar; see calendar date. ... Mores are strongly held norms or customs. ... The term date can refer to: A day according to a calendar; see calendar date. ...


It is essentially equivalent to a prior term used, "sweetheart" which is also a term of endearment. For the 1983 romantic-drama film, see Terms Of Endearment (movie). ...


Synonyms

  • A female engaged in an extramarital relationship with a married person is frequently considered a "mistress".
  • Some terms of endearment directed to females, a romantic relationship is not required, are "darling", "sweetheart", "lover", "babe" etc.
  • Users of Internet slang and SMS slang often shorten girlfriend to the acronym gf.[4]
  • Additionally, gender-indiscriminate terms also apply, e.g. lover, heartthrob, paramour, squeeze, sweetheart, true love and some more specific terms such as princess, wooer, and gender-neutral ones like date, escort, steady or suitor; furthermore, non-gender specific euphemisms such as admirer, companion.

This article is about the act of adultery. ... Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV of France. ... Internet slang, Internet language, Netspeak, chat room shorthand, Computer Language or Nu English is slang that Internet users have coined and promulgated. ... For other uses, see SMS (disambiguation). ...

See also

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Affinity • Attachment • Bonding • Casual • Cohabitation • Compersion • Concubinage • Courtship • Divorce • Dower, dowry, and bride price • Family • Friendship • Husband • Infatuation • Intimacy • Jealousy • Limerence • Love • Marriage • Monogamy • Nonmonogamy • Office romance • Partner • Passion • Pederasty • Platonic love • Polyamory • Polyfidelity • Polygamy • Psychology of monogamy • Relationship abuse • Romance • Separation • Sexuality • Sexual orientation • Wedding • Widowhood • Wife
 This box: view  talk  edit  In the contexts of sociology and of popular culture, the concept of interpersonal relationships involves social associations, connections, or affiliations between two or more people. ... Image File history File links KarenWhimseyValentineMain. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Attachment in adults deals with the theory of attachment in adult romantic relationships. ... The term human bond -- or, more generally, human bonding -- refers to the process or formation of a close personal relationship, as between a parent and child, especially through frequent or constant association. ... A casual relationship is a term used to describe the physical and emotional relationship between two people who may have a sexual relationship or a near-sexual relationship without necessarily demanding or expecting a more formal relationship as a goal. ... This article is about a living arrangement. ... Compersion is a term used by practitioners of polyamory to describe the experience of taking pleasure when ones partner is with another person. ... Concubinage refers to the state of a woman or youth in an ongoing, quasi-matrimonial relationship with a man of higher social status. ... Suitor redirects here. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ... Dower (Lat. ... A dowry (also known as trousseau) is the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage. ... Bride price also known as bride wealth or a dower is an amount of money or property paid to the parents of a woman for the right to marry their daughter. ... For other uses, see Family (disambiguation). ... Friendship is a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more humans. ... For other uses, see Husband (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Infatuation (disambiguation). ... Definition Intimacy is complex in that its meaning varies from relationship to relationship, and within a given relationship over time. ... Jealous redirects here. ... Look up Limerence in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Love (disambiguation). ... Matrimony redirects here. ... Faithfulness redirects here. ... Nonmonogamy is a blanket term covering several different types of interpersonal relationship in which some or all participants have multiple marital, sexual, and/or romantic partners. ... An office romance, work romance, or corporate affair is a romance that occurs between two people who work together in the same office, work location, or business. ... Domestic partner or domestic partnership identifies the personal relationship between individuals who are living together and sharing a common domestic life together but are not joined in any type of legal partnership, marriage or civil union. ... In psychology and common terminology, emotion is the language of a persons internal state of being, normally based in or tied to their internal (physical) and external (social) sensory feeling. ... In the past century, the term pederasty has seen a number of different uses. ... Platonic love in its modern popular sense is an affectionate relationship into which the sexual element does not enter, especially in cases where one might easily assume otherwise. ... Polyamory (from Greek (, literally “multiple”) and Latin (literally “love”)) is the desire, practice, or acceptance of having more than one loving, intimate relationship at a time with the full knowledge and consent of everyone involved. ... Polyfidelity, is a form of polyamorous group marriage wherein all members consider each other to be primary partners and agree to be sexual only with other members of this group. ... The term polygamy (a Greek word meaning the practice of multiple marriage) is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociobiology, and sociology. ... The psychology of monogamy deals with the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that commonly occur in monogamous relationships. ... Abuser redirects here. ... Romance is a general term that refers to an intimate and often sexual relationship between two people. ... Legal separation is a possible step towards divorce under United States law. ... This article is about sexual practices (i. ... Sexual orientation refers to an enduring emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional attraction toward others,[1] usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... For other uses, see Wedding (disambiguation). ... A widow is a woman whose spouse has died. ... For other uses, see Wife (disambiguation). ...

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Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... For other uses, see Boyfriend (disambiguation). ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... Suitor redirects here. ... International recognition Civil unions and Domestic partnerships Recognized in some regions Unregistered co-habitation Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      A domestic partnership is a legal or personal relationship between individuals who live... A Life partner is a synonym for a spouse. ... Significant other Significant Other is the second studio album by Limp Bizkit, released on June 22, 1999. ... For the Drawn Together episode, see Terms of Endearment (Drawn Together episode). ...

References

  1. ^ a b Lowe, Janet; Beverly Guy-Sheftall (2001). Oprah Winfrey Speaks: Insights from the World's Most Influential Voice. John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0471399949. Retrieved on 2008-01-25.
  2. ^ Salamensky, Shelley I.; Beverly Guy-Sheftall (2001). Talk Talk Talk: The Cultural Life of Everyday Conversation. Routledge, ISBN 0415921708. Retrieved on 2008-01-24.
  3. ^ RL Grover, DW Nangle, A Serwik, KR Zeff (2007). "Girl friend, boy friend, girlfriend, boyfriend: Broadening our understanding of heterosocial competence". Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 36, No. 4. 
  4. ^ What does gf stand for?, AcronymFinder.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-30.

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Further reading

  • Sociocultural Perspectives on Language Change in Diaspora David R. Andrews (1998); John Benjamins Publishing Company, ISBN 9027218358.
  • The Handbook of Language and Gender By Janet Holmes, Miriam Meyerhoff (2003); Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 0631225021.
  • In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth Mary L. Gray (1999); Haworth Press, ISBN 0789000768.
  • Defining Language: A Local Grammar of Definition Sentences Geoff Barnbrook (2002); John Benjamins Publishing Company, ISBN 1588112985.
  • How Not To Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms R. W. Holder (2002); Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198604025.

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