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.
Summary: The actress says she's ready to take responsibility and pick roles that don't portray her as the damsel in distress
Heroine Anna Blanc is a spirited woman who refuses to be a damsel in distress -- unless it helps her to solve a case.
Thankfully, Zak happens to be passing by and rescues the damsel in distress.
Even when I drew the letter D on the big pokey hat the princess wore in my book of fairytales, I've never seen any merit in being a damsel in distress.
While there he finds his natural abilities are exaggerated and with his new powers, he comes to the aid of a damsel in distress.
There's flirting from New Guy and Charlie, while the Turkish minicab drivers try to rescue a damsel in distress.
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His generous actions secured his employers several new contracts after the damsel in distress turned out to be a local businesswoman who owned of several properties in need of insurance.
Allen and Stillman also share a similar belief in the transcendent power of popular songs from the first half of the 20th centuryDamsels in Distress ends with an endearingly inept tap number performed to George Gershwin's "Things Are Looking Up" (from the 1937 Fred Astaire vehicle A Damsel in Distress, naturally) that could have come straight out of Everyone Says I Love You.