Definition of damsel
: a young woman:a archaic : a young unmarried woman of noble birthb : girl
Examples of damsel in a Sentence
knights are celebrated in fairy tales for rescuing damsels in distress
Recent Examples of damsel from the Web
Nintendo 1 Peach Peach, the perennial princess abductee in Nintendo's Mario series, is the quintessential damsel in distress, a controversial trope that's existed in forms of pop culture since antiquity.
Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson ostensibly star -- him as an intrepid adventurer recruited to lead the perilous expedition, her as a war photographer, happily spared the usual damsel in distress shrieking while being held in a giant palm.
BAUM LAKE Trout anglers are getting action on 12- to 14-inch rainbows on midges and damsel flies.
In the equally female-empowering video, which dropped Friday (June 16), a quasi-damsel in distress confronts her cheating husband, thanks to an out-of-body experience.
Three current shows at three area museums explore the evolution of woman from the damsel in distress to the take-charge femme fatale.
Wickiup Reservoir: Try for brown trout in the Deschutes arm from the bridge to Gull Point with callibaetis, leeches and damsel patterns.
Katharine Hepburn seems too strong to play a damsel in distress.
By the time of her death, in 2016, her role in the sci-fi enterprise was celebrated for expanding on the old-timey damsel in distress thing by bringing toughness, wit and weapons to the battle.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of damsel for English Language Learners
: a young woman who is not married
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