- a girl or young woman, especially one who is unmarried.
- a female sweetheart: a young lad and his lass.
Origin of lass
- an Indian beverage of yogurt or buttermilk, water, and spices, often with the addition of fruit or sweetener.
Examples from the Web for lasses
The trilogy follows Kate and Baba, two lasses from the Shannon bogs, from convent school to the bright lights of London.The 12 Best Irish Novels for St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2013
And the lasses are worse than the men, with their fashions and foldololls.The Christian
The citizens, lads and lasses, old men and dames, got into the boat.The Shadow of a Crime
Golden lads and lasses must, like chimney-sweepers, turn to dust.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
They know how to pitch you out a letter, those Belgian lasses.Wintry Peacock
D. H. Lawrence
Well, lasses will be lasses, and the mills can give as many on 'em as ye like.Sarah's School Friend</p>
- a girl or young woman
- informal a familiar form of address for any female
- a cold drink made with yoghurt or buttermilk and flavoured with sugar, salt, or a mild spice
Word Origin and History for lasses
"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.