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 ?
In the original it ran, '"How it came about that ye good Knight Sir Agravaine ye Dolorous of ye Table Round did fare forth to succour a damsel in distress and after divers journeyings and perils by flood and by field did win her for his bride and right happily did they twain live ever afterwards," by Ambrose ye monk.
Your majesty,' he cried, 'a damsel in distress waits without.
Proud damsel,'' said De Bracy, incensed at finding his gallant style procured him nothing but contempt ``proud damsel, thou shalt be as proudly encountered.
If, thought he, I should be moved by the tears and sorrow of this disconsolate damsel, what should I reap but the loss of these fair hopes for which I have encountered so much risk, and the ridicule of Prince John and his jovial comrades?
Venus consented to her request and transformed her into a beautiful damsel, so that the youth saw her and loved her, and took her home as his bride.
The Good Judgment of Madame the Virgin,'--a morality, if you please, damsel.
Without doubt," he replied; then he added, with a certain emphasis,--"I am the author of it, damsels.
Of a lion worthy, Or perhaps of a virtuous howl-monkey-- --But it's naught to you, Ye friendly damsels dearly loved, At whose own feet to me, The first occasion, To a European under palm-trees, A seat is now granted.
Here do I sit now, The desert nigh, and yet I am So far still from the desert, Even in naught yet deserted: That is, I'm swallowed down By this the smallest oasis--: --It opened up just yawning, Its loveliest mouth agape, Most sweet-odoured of all mouthlets: Then fell I right in, Right down, right through--in 'mong you, Ye friendly damsels dearly loved
But seeing that they were slow about it, and that Rocinante was in a hurry to reach the stable, he made for the inn door, and perceived the two gay damsels who were standing there, and who seemed to him to be two fair maidens or lovely ladies taking their ease at the castle gate.
He, seeing this grotesque figure clad in armour that did not match any more than his saddle, bridle, lance, buckler, or corselet, was not at all indisposed to join the damsels in their manifestations of amusement; but, in truth, standing in awe of such a complicated armament, he thought it best to speak him fairly, so he said, "Senor Caballero, if your worship wants lodging, bating the bed (for there is not one in the inn) there is plenty of everything else here.
Nothing, therefore, can be imagined more singular than the appearance of these nearly naked damsels immediately after the application of the cosmetic.