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[don-zuh l]
noun Archaic.
  1. a young gentleman not yet knighted; squire; page.
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Origin of donzel

1585–95; < Italian donzello < Old Provençal donzel < Vulgar Latin *dom(i)nicellus, equivalent to Latin domin(us) lord + -cellus diminutive suffix; cf. damsel
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Examples from the Web for donzel

Historical Examples

  • Before dinner there arrives a donzel, with an ivory horn adorned with four gold bands and rich jewels.

    The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Volume I of 5)


  • But I, donzel, wear the spurs of knighthood, and to succour the distressed is a duty my oath will not let me swerve from.

  • Damsel or Damoiseau (in Italian, donzel; in Latin, domisellus); one of the gallant youths domiciled in the maison du roi.