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demoiselle

[ dem-wuh-zel, dem-uh-; French duh-mwa-zel ]
/ ˌdɛm wəˈzɛl, ˌdɛm ə-; French də mwaˈzɛl /
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noun, plural dem·oi·selles [dem-wuh-zelz; French duh-mwa-zel]. /ˌdɛm wəˈzɛlz; French də mwaˈzɛl/.
an unmarried girl or young woman.
a damselfly, especially of the genus Agrion.
Furniture. a lady's wig stand of the 18th century, in the form of a pedestal table.
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Origin of demoiselle

From French, dating back to 1760–70; see origin at damsel
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British Dictionary definitions for demoiselle

demoiselle
/ (dəmwɑːˈzɛl) /

noun
Also called: demoiselle crane, Numidian crane a small crane, Anthropoides virgo, of central Asia, N Africa, and SE Europe, having grey plumage with long black breast feathers and white ear tufts
a less common name for a damselfly
another name for damselfish
a literary word for damsel

Word Origin for demoiselle

C16: from French: young woman; see damsel
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