- a young gentleman not yet knighted; squire; page.
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
Before dinner there arrives a donzel, with an ivory horn adorned with four gold bands and rich jewels.
But I, donzel, wear the spurs of knighthood, and to succour the distressed is a duty my oath will not let me swerve from.The Last Of The Barons, Complete
Damsel or Damoiseau (in Italian, donzel; in Latin, domisellus); one of the gallant youths domiciled in the maison du roi.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1
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