- a young woman or girl; a maiden, originally one of gentle or noble birth.
Origin of damsel
Examples from the Web for damsel
Not only, in the rarest of cases, where there a female lead in a blockbuster action movie, but the damsel in distress was a dude.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
For example: the damsel is tied to the train tracks, the Pacific Union hurtling her way.Was Aaron Harrison’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer ‘Clutch’?
April 7, 2014
Nicole Kidman stretched as a Southern damsel in The Paperboy, but the movie was widely panned.In Hollywood, Where Are the Best Actress Oscar Nominees?
November 12, 2012
In the eyes of these designers, this woman is more of a damsel than a dame.The Oscar de la Renta Effect
September 13, 2011
Surely, sir, you should take shame to hold the damsel against her will.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
I scrutinised him carefully, while Charlotte ran to comfort the damsel.The Golden Age
There may be more than one claimant for the damsel's affection.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Already I have endured more than enough in the interests of this damsel.St. Martin's Summer
His face was comely as a damsel's, his eyes blue and his hair golden.Love-at-Arms
- archaic, or poetic a young unmarried woman; maiden
Word Origin and History for damsel
late 12c., from Old French dameisele "woman of noble birth" (Modern French demoiselle "young lady"), modified (by association with dame) from earlier donsele, from Gallo-Romance *domnicella, diminutive of Latin domina "lady" (see dame). Archaic until revived by romantic poets, along with 16c.-17c. variant form damozel.