damsel

noun dam·sel \ ˈdam-zəl \
variants: or less commonly damosel or damozel \ˈda-mə-ˌzel\
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

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

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DAMSEL Defined for English Language Learners

damsel

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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