damsel

[ dam-zuh l ]
/ ˈdæm zəl /

noun Literary.

a young woman or girl; a maiden, originally one of gentle or noble birth.

Nearby words

  1. dampness,
  2. dampproof,
  3. damrosch,
  4. damrosch, leopold,
  5. damrosch, walter johannes,
  6. damsel bug,
  7. damselfish,
  8. damselfly,
  9. damson,
  10. damson cheese

Origin of damsel

1150–1200; Middle English damisel < Anglo-French (Old French damoisele) < Vulgar Latin *dominicella, equivalent to Latin domin(a) lady (see dame) + -i- -i- + -cella feminine diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for damsel

damsel

/ (ˈdæmzəl) /

noun

archaic, or poetic a young unmarried woman; maiden

Word Origin for damsel

C13: from Old French damoisele, from Vulgar Latin domnicella (unattested) young lady, from Latin domina mistress; see dame

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Word Origin and History for damsel

damsel

n.

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.

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