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.
Knowest thou not there is a jealousy of ambition and of wealth, as well as of love; and that this our host, Front-de-B uf, will push from his road him who opposes his claim to the fair barony of Ivanhoe, as readily, eagerly, and unscrupulously, as if he were preferred to him by some blue-eyed damsel? But smile on my suit, lady, and the wounded champion shall have nothing to fear from Front-de-B uf, whom else thou mayst mourn for, as in the hands of one who has never shown compassion.''
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.
During the festival, I had noticed several young females whose skins were almost as white as any Saxon damsel's; a slight dash of the mantling brown being all that marked the difference.
Nothing, therefore, can be imagined more singular than the appearance of these nearly naked damsels immediately after the application of the cosmetic.
"'The Good Judgment of Madame the Virgin,'--a morality, if you please, damsel."
"What would you have of me, damsels?" he asked, with alacrity.
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.