[dem-wuh-zel, dem-uh-; French duh-mwa-zel]
noun, plural dem·oi·selles [dem-wuh-zelz; French duh-mwa-zel] /ˌdɛm wəˈzɛlz; French də mwaˈzɛl/.
- an unmarried girl or young woman.
- demoiselle crane.
- a damselfly, especially of the genus Agrion.
- Furniture. a lady's wig stand of the 18th century, in the form of a pedestal table.
Origin of demoiselle
dating back to 1760–70;
see origin at damsel
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
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Historical Examples of demoiselle
He would fall in love, not with the demoiselle, but the dower.
There's for the demoiselle who craved for knights to break lances for her!'
Then she said, almost breathlessly, "We are not to talk to the French demoiselle."
And if I am not an excellent husband to the demoiselle, it will be her own fault.
Alone missing from it was the cold, colorless beauty of the demoiselle Marie.
British Dictionary definitions for demoiselle
- 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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Word Origin and History for demoiselle
1510s, from French demoiselle (Old French dameiselle); see damsel.
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