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девочка vs девушка

привет,

I have a question concerning the difference between девочка and девушка.

In the Duolingo course it is very clear, Девочка means girl in general, while девушка is girlfriend. However, I just looked up both words in the dictionary, and both are just translated as "girl" or "little girl". The meaning "girlfriend" is not mentioned.

(As a German I tend to use the trusted leo.org dictionary: https://dict.leo.org/russisch-deutsch/m%C3%A4dchen)

Is there any Russian how can explain the difference between the two words? Thanks in advance!

June 22, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZloySusel

Девочка means little girl, a girl-child. Девушка is a girl-teenager or a young adult woman (in her twenties or even early thirties). Also девушка is a girlfriend.

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DmitryDitr

Девочка can also be a kind of gentle treatment: a woman can call her female friends "девочки" despite of their age, or a man can call his girlfriend (beloved) so

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diliyecik

девочка: girl before the age of puberty
девушка: from the age of puberty to womanhood

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-KBITKA-

девочка means girl or little girl, while девушка means young lady. Adult women may call their close friends девочки.

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/territrades

девочки is the genetive of девочка, correct? So it is more or less like saying "my girl"?

June 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZloySusel

In this case, it is the plural of девочка. Sorry, I don't know about "my girl". I just can say it is something like "Oh, ladies, I saw sooo beautiful dress yesterday" in only women company of friends.

June 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mortificator

"My girl" may be from 3 to 100 years old. 8)

June 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-KBITKA-

девочки is plural for девочка. If you want to say "my girl", you'll say моя девочка. :)

June 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mortificator

Девочка - женщина от 0 до 12-15 лет. Также в романтическом смысле (You're my baby).

Девушка - женщина 12-40 лет. Также в романтическом смысле (She's my girlfriend).

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_ahsas_

In addition. “девочка”, “девушка”, "женщина" is also a form of appeal to unfamiliar women of the appropriate age.
Most of all, women of all ages (with the exception of very old women) like to be approached by a "девушка"

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/meatcan

this is what I enjoy about Duo; lots of good useful answers from native speakers.

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/territrades

Thank you all for your answers and explanations, it is now very clear to me. Have some lingots!

June 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helena812363

i'm russian. девочка means a little girl or just gender (boy and girl), девушка means a young girl, not little and not enough old

June 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XexKek

Девочка - little girl Девушка - not little girl anymore, also might be girlfriend(with the word "парень" the same thing"

July 5, 2019
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