damsel


dam·sel

noun \ˈdam-zəl\

: a young woman who is not married

Full Definition of DAMSEL

:  a young woman:
a archaic :  a young unmarried woman of noble birth
b :  girl

Variants of DAMSEL

dam·sel also dam·o·sel or dam·o·zel \ˈda-mə-ˌzel\

Examples of DAMSEL

  1. <knights are celebrated in fairy tales for rescuing damsels in distress>

Origin of DAMSEL

Middle English damesel, from Anglo-French dameisele, from Vulgar Latin *domnicella young noblewoman, diminutive of Latin domina lady
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to DAMSEL

Synonyms
girl, demoiselle, maid, maiden, miss

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