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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.]
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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]
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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)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.damsel - a young unmarried womandamsel - a young unmarried woman    
maiden, maid - an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
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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.
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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
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damsel

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

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

[ˈdæmzl] n (old) → damigella
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

damsel

(ˈdӕmzəl) noun
a young girl. a damsel in distress.
ˈdamselfly noun
an insect with a long thin body found near water.
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