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[las] /læs/
a girl or young woman, especially one who is unmarried.
a female sweetheart:
a young lad and his lass.
Origin of lass
1250-1300; Middle English las, lasse, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lass
Historical Examples
  • Had the lass been kind I should have fired one gun, that you might know it.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Weel, what think ye o' the lass by this time, Mr. Bletherwick?

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • Saying this he put the cup the lass had offered him to his lips.

    The Story of Don Quixote

    Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • "It's just t'edge o' dark, lass," said Matthew to Rotha while filling his pipe.

  • But I must be off, lass; for I've the horses to get ready, forby the shortness of the time.

  • "Your father is nothing but an ache and a stound to you, lass," Sim would say in a whimper.

  • I'd be nothing but an ache and a stound to the lass, as I've olas been—nothing but an ache and a stound to them all.

  • "I mind me when my own lass was no bigger nor this," said Sim.

  • What like of a man was he, lass—him as took off the little fellow?

  • I reckon they're mistook as to the lass, but I've come to see for mysel'.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for lass


a girl or young woman
(informal) a familiar form of address for any female
Word Origin
C13: origin uncertain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lass

"young woman," c.1300, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Swedish løsk kona "unmarried woman," but also perhaps related to Old Norse löskr "idle, weak," West Frisian lask "light, thin." Liberman suggests Old Danish las "rag." "Slang words for 'rag' sometimes acquire the jocular meaning 'child' and especially 'girl.'" "Used now only of mean girls" [Johnson, who also has lasslorn "forsaken by his mistress"]. Scottish diminutive lassie first recorded 1725.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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