damsel

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noun dam·sel \ˈdam-zəl\
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damosel

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damozel

\ˈda-mə-ˌzel\

Definition of damsel

  1. :  a young woman:a archaic :  a young unmarried woman of noble birthb :  girl

Examples of damsel in a sentence

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

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

damsel

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noun dam·sel \ˈdam-zəl\

Definition of damsel for English Language Learners

  • : a young woman who is not married


DAMSEL Defined for Kids

damsel

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noun dam·sel \ˈdam-zəl\

Definition of damsel for Students

  1. :  girl 1, maiden



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