I today accidentally used "My girl is 5 months old" and I meant to refer to my daughter in this sentence. In the given context it does sound like what I meant to say but wanted to know if it can really be used that way. Again, can "My Girl" be used to refer either girlfriend/wife or daughter depending on context? Also can this be used in formal meetings/conversations?

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    Yes, 'my girl' can mean daughter. Context is king! – marcellothearcane Jun 30 '17 at 14:44
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    In a "formal" context (if I thought about it at all, and actually had a daughter), I'd probably say "My daughter" over "My girl", but that's because of formality rather than to avoid confusion (in such a context, "My girl" probably wouldn't be the correct words for a girlfriend/wife/partner either). – TripeHound Jun 30 '17 at 14:50
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    However, "My little girl" would be understood correctly. – Barmar Jun 30 '17 at 15:04
  • If you have a baby, that's not your girlfriend, so where would confusion enter? – Yosef Baskin Jun 30 '17 at 15:21
  • Thanks for the answers. My little girl do sound like best choice in this case. – Sheldon Copper Jun 30 '17 at 15:33

Without context, my girl is ambiguous. For instance, it used to be a common way for executives to refer to their secretaries (watch "Mad Men" and you'll probably hear Don Draper use the term that way). There's the classic Temptations song "My Girl", which was about the songwriter's wife. And in the Eddie Murphy song "Party All the Time" the main lyric uses the phrase to refer to the singer's girlfriend.

But once you mention the girl's age, it's unlikely to be misunderstood. A 5-month-old can't be a wife, girlfriend, or assistant, so it must be a daughter.

And I think the plural my girls would usually be understood to mean your daughters, unless you're in a specific context where there's some other expectation. For instance, the owner/manager/coach of a women's sports team might refer to the team this way, although it would probably be considered demeaning these days. Or a teacher in an all-girl school could refer to their students this way.

A clearer term might be "my little girl".

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    +1 "My girls" seems to be a very common way for parents to refer to their daughters collectively, especially (it seems to me) if they only have daughters. On the other hand, I also hear it occasionally to refer to a man's daughter or daughters and wife, but I think the context would make this clear. – 1006a Jun 30 '17 at 15:27

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