\ ˈlas How to pronounce lass (audio) \

Definition of lass

1 : a young woman : girl a Scottish lass
2 : sweetheart the young hero of the story … and his lass— Mary Ross

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Synonyms for lass


filly, girl, lassie, miss, missy, nymph, sheila [Australian & New Zealand]

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Examples of lass in a Sentence

she's only a gawky lass now, but she'll be a beautiful woman some day

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And the performers make the most of their supporting characters, as well — especially Sean Powell as a bank manager with a dream and Brittany Halen as a lusty young lass. Matthew J. Palm,, "Mad Cow’s ‘Once’ hits the heart but doesn’t quite grab the soul | Review," 9 June 2019 The 24-year-old three-time Academy Award nominee took author Sally Rooney, another Irish lass, to Hugh Lane Gallery for some art observation, one of her favorite pastimes. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Perfect Weekend Away in Dublin," 11 July 2018 The $230,000 remodel will include new floor tiles and lass doors in the dairy section of the store at 909 E. ParkCenter Blvd. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Albertsons advances plans for 5 new Ada County stores. A sixth will be remodeled | Idaho Statesman," 8 May 2018 DeRozan complained about the no-call after Russell Westbrook pushed Oklahoma City's lead to four with lass than 15 seconds left. Khadrice Rollins,, "Watch: Dwane Casey, DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka Ejected In Final Seconds of Loss to Thunder," 18 Mar. 2018 But a brilliant lass appeared to solve the problem, using sunglass frames and zip ties, so that her outer mask could hinge and not rest on her face. Michael Dumas,, "Show Us Your Mardi Gras Gowns: MAMGA celebrates 80 years," 10 Feb. 2018 So, the original family, who loved her very much, decided to rehome the furry lass with someone in Prague, a town about 20 miles away. Saryn Chorney,, "Loving Dog Given Up by Former Owners Returns Home — Twice! — But They Can't Keep Her," 12 Jan. 2018 President Trump chose him, like the Bachelor chooses a swooning young lass. NBC News, "First Read’s Morning Clips: Americans Pessimistic on Race Relations," 22 Sep. 2017 For New Yorker Tommy Albright, who gets lost while on a hunting trip in Scotland, love comes in the form of a lass named Fiona MacLaren in a mysterious little town called Brigadoon. Myrna Petlicki,, "CenterStage Lake Forest presents classic 'Brigadoon'," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of lass

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lass

Middle English las

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The first known use of lass was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of lass

chiefly British, informal : a girl or young woman


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to take the place or position of

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