damsel







damsel


noun Literary.

  1. a young woman or girl; a maiden, originally one of gentle or noble birth.

noun

  1. archaic, or poetic a young unmarried woman; maiden
n.

late 12c., from Old French dameisele “woman of noble birth” (Modern French demoiselle “young lady”), modified (by association with dame) from earlier donsele, from Gallo-Romance *domnicella, diminutive of Latin domina “lady” (see dame). Archaic until revived by romantic poets, along with 16c.-17c. variant form damozel.

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