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also dam·oi·selle or dam·o·zel  (dăm′ə-zĕl′)
n. Archaic
A young woman; a damsel.

[Middle English damoisele, from Old French damoiselle, damsel; see damsel.]
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(ˌdæməˈzɛl) ,




archaic variants of damsel
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.damoiselle - a young unmarried womandamoiselle - a young unmarried woman    
maiden, maid - an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
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References in classic literature ?
A moment later, the grave and learned Robert Mistricolle, the king's protonotary, passed, with an enormous missal under one arm and his wife on the other (Damoiselle Guillemette la Mairesse), having thus by his side his two regulators,--spiritual and temporal.
"One can only see one eye," observed Damoiselle Guillemette; "there is a wart on the other."
/ Autre ore vest robe de fame, / Or sui damoiselle, or sui dame.
After 'Sensual Debussy' opened with the perennial delights of the Prelude a 'L'Apresmidi d'un faune', the Birmingham University Singers performed Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans - delivering us in tune for a pleasing segue into La Damoiselle elue, in which the CBSO Youth Chorus, alongside soprano Ilse Eerens and mezzo Aga Mikolaj, also showcased some seriously sophisticated singing.
029 2087 8444 HOT MUSIC City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra The programme for the concert is: Faure: Dolly Suite, Debussy: La Damoiselle Elue and Berlioz: Symphonie Fantasique.
Jacques de Rochemaure, (55) Les quatres derniers livres des propos amoureux contenans le discours des amours et mariage du seigneur Clitophant et damoiselle Leusippe, Traduitz de grec en langue latine et depuis nouvellement remitz en langue Francoyse, Lyon: 1556.
Examples include The City Wit (1630) where Sneakups responds to a beating by his wife with 'Oh, oh, oh'; (21) The Damoiselle (1638) where a drunken Magdalen weeps 'in her Mawdlin fit' twice with three ohs (1.459); and The English Moor (1637) where Edmund reacts to Quicksands' 'Oh oh oh o' with 'Why roar you so?' and gets Nathaniel's response: 'It is the Cuckolds howle.
From Les fleurs da mal, Debussy selected five poems, and worked on their settings for some two years, from 1887 to 1889, at the same time that he was working on his mystical and even pagan oratorio La damoiselle elue, on a text by the PreRaphaelite poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
His work in the middle period of his life was influenced by the work of the German composer Richard Wagner which is highlighted in his La damoiselle elue and the 1889 piece Cinq poemes de Charles Baudelaire.