damsel


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dam·sel

 (dăm′zəl)
n.
1. A young woman or girl; a maiden.
2. A damselfish.
3. A damselfly.

[Middle English damisele, from Old French dameisele, damoiselle, from Vulgar Latin *dominicella, diminutive of domina, lady; see dame.]

damsel

(ˈdæmzəl)
n
archaic or poetic a young unmarried woman; maiden
[C13: from Old French damoisele, from Vulgar Latin domnicella (unattested) young lady, from Latin domina mistress; see dame]

dam•sel

(ˈdæm zəl)

n.
a maiden, orig. one of gentle or noble birth.
[1150–1200; < Old French damoisele < Vulgar Latin *dominicella < Latin domin(a) lady (see dame)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.damsel - a young unmarried womandamsel - a young unmarried woman    
maiden, maid - an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)

damsel

noun (Archaic or poetic) maiden, girl, virgin, maid, miss, nymph (poetic), lass, lassie (informal), wench He came to the aid of a damsel in distress.
Translations
فَتاه، عَذْراء، آنِسَه
slečna
stúlka, ungfrú
mergužėlėžirgelis
jaunava

damsel

(o.f.) [ˈdæmzəl] Ndamisela f, doncella f
a damsel in distress (hum) → una dama en apuros

damsel

[ˈdæmzəl] n (literary) (= maiden) → damoiselle f

damsel

n (obs, liter)Maid f (obs, liter)

damsel

[ˈdæmzl] n (old) → damigella

damsel

(ˈdӕmzəl) noun
a young girl. a damsel in distress.
ˈdamselfly noun
an insect with a long thin body found near water.
References in classic literature ?
March's grave face relaxed, in spite of her efforts to keep sober, when she heard him declare that he would atone for his sins by all sorts of penances, and abase himself like a worm before the injured damsel.
Since the age of fifteen, which was eleven years before, Robert each summer at Grand Isle had constituted himself the devoted attendant of some fair dame or damsel.
As the enraptured Ichabod fancied all this, and as he rolled his great green eyes over the fat meadow lands, the rich fields of wheat, of rye, of buckwheat, and Indian corn, and the orchards burdened with ruddy fruit, which surrounded the warm tenement of Van Tassel, his heart yearned after the damsel who was to inherit these domains, and his imagination expanded with the idea, how they might be readily turned into cash, and the money invested in immense tracts of wild land, and shingle palaces in the wilderness.
I bought a couple--one a gorgeous duke of the olden time, and the other a comely blue-eyed damsel, a princess, maybe.
This was a full-blown, very plump damsel, fair as waxwork, with handsome and regular features, languishing blue eyes, and ringleted yellow hair.
He might well skulk behind the settle, on beholding such a bright, graceful damsel enter the house, instead of a rough-headed counterpart of himself, as he expected.
That discreet damsel was attired as usual, except that she was now engaged in substituting for her green kid gloves, a pair of white.
There you are wrong, damsel, for all men fear me, and they have cause to fear.
Cedric darted at the forward damsel a glance of hasty resentment; but Rowena, and whatever belonged to her, were privileged and secure from his anger.
But scarcely had she done so when the walls of the kitchen opened, and there came out a young and beautiful damsel.
Now, an eagle with a King's heart in his breast is apt to be bold, and accordingly he instantly made up his mind to carry off the lovely damsel, feeling sure that having once seen her he could not live without her.
The white-robed damsel said not a word, but danced about, just as merrily as before.