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lass

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noun
  1. a girl or young woman, especially one who is unmarried.
  2. a female sweetheart: a young lad and his lass.
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Origin of lass

1250–1300; Middle English las, lasse, of uncertain origin

lassi

[las-ee, luhs-ee]
noun
  1. an Indian beverage of yogurt or buttermilk, water, and spices, often with the addition of fruit or sweetener.
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British Dictionary definitions for lasses

lass

noun
  1. a girl or young woman
  2. informal a familiar form of address for any female
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Word Origin

C13: origin uncertain

lassi

noun
  1. a cold drink made with yoghurt or buttermilk and flavoured with sugar, salt, or a mild spice
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Word Origin

from Hindi
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Word Origin and History for lasses

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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