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lass

[las] /læs/
noun
1.
a girl or young woman, especially one who is unmarried.
2.
a female sweetheart:
a young lad and his lass.
Origin of lass
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English las, lasse, of uncertain origin
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  • And that you shall have, my dear lass, he said emphatically.

    Elsie at Ion Martha Finley
  • And listen, my lass, if you stand by me to-night I'll see you safe afterwards.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The dory was within fifty yards of the lass before the men on deck became aware of its approach.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • Now he had no eyes, no thoughts, save for her mistress, the lass unparalleled.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Even Robin, with his bag on his shoulder, stopped a moment to gaze at “our lass,” as he called her in a whisper to his friend.

    Allison Bain Margaret Murray Robertson
  • Han' yo' niver guessed why I stop, lass, and me so happy at home?

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Come now, my lass, said the housekeeper, what has been going on so slyly here?

  • She tyrannized over me when she was a lass of six and I was a lad of ten.

  • Look you, lass, I took this frae the man's trunk when he lodged wi' yer father and yersel' at Fornside.

  • I mean, you twist things your own way, about the lass or about yourself.

    The Power of Darkness Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for lass

lass

/læs/
noun
1.
a girl or young woman
2.
(informal) a familiar form of address for any female
Word Origin
C13: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lass
n.

"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.

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