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Especially in French-speaking contexts: a young girl. Also occasionally as predicative adjective: characteristic of a young girl or ingénue.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Samuel Foote (bap. 1721, d. 1777), actor and playwright. From French jeune fille girl from jeune young + fille daughter, girl.
jeune fille/ˌʒəːn ˈfiː/
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