damsel

noun dam·sel \ ˈdam-zəl \
variants: or less commonly damosel or damozel \ˈda-mə-ˌzel\

Definition of damsel

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

Examples of damsel in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of damsel

Middle English damesel, from Anglo-French dameisele, from Vulgar Latin *domnicella young noblewoman, diminutive of Latin domina lady

damsel Synonyms

Synonyms
girl, demoiselle, maid, maiden, miss
Related Words
virgin; deb, debutante, ingenue (or ingénue); bird [chiefly British], chick [slang], chicken, chit, filly, lass, lassie, sheila [Australian & New Zealand], sister; colleen, mademoiselle, senhorita, senorita (or señorita)

DAMSEL Defined for English Language Learners

damsel

noun

Definition of damsel for English Language Learners

  • : a young woman who is not married


DAMSEL Defined for Kids

damsel

noun dam·sel \ ˈdam-zəl \

Definition of damsel for Students

:girl 1, maiden


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