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
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.
For one thing, the filmmakers draw upon the entire legend and lore of pirate life — of high-seas ambushes, mountains of gold, cruel captains, lusty rogues, feisty damsels, drunken sailors, barroom brawls, ancient curses and furious sword fights.
Rosita (Christian Serratos) developed a strategy of becoming close to the men around her, playing the damsel in distress while quietly learning and honing each of those men's survival skills for her own arsenal.
Bjorn plays a Viking warrior with wacky gusto and a he-man wig, while Evelyn becomes Princess Evelynia, hottest damsel in LARPland.
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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 century
DAMSEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of damsel for English Language Learners
: a young woman who is not married
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