dem·​oi·​selle | \ˌdem-wə-ˈzel \

Definition of demoiselle 

1 : a young lady

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damsel, girl, maid, maiden, miss

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Examples of demoiselle in a Sentence

fell in love with a pretty demoiselle from a neighboring village

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While sauntering through the presentation, which felt more like a spring picnic than fashion show (guests sipped on glasses of rosé and plucked strawberries from overflowing trays), one particularly striking demoiselle caught the eye. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "This French Girl Beauty Trick Is About To Be Everywhere," 11 Sep. 2018 The 2018 court included promenade girls, gallants, demoiselles, jewel-bearers and the queen. Sue Strachan,, "New Orleans Spring Fiesta welcomes the season with promenade, presentation," 1 Apr. 2018 Assam Rhino Reserve will showcase the greater one-horned rhinos, Asian brown tortoises and demoiselle cranes. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo gets its first-ever rhinoceros," 9 Apr. 2018 After the final demoiselle was presented, the six curtseyed in unison to the audience. Sue Strachan,, "Society of War of 1812 Grand Military Victory Ball presents 6 demoiselles," 7 Jan. 2018 These historical figures were seated on the ballroom floor to receive les demoiselles. Sue Strachan,, "Society of War of 1812 Grand Military Victory Ball presents 6 demoiselles," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of demoiselle

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for demoiselle

French, from Old French dameisele — more at damsel

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