- a girl or young woman, especially one who is unmarried.
- a female sweetheart: a young lad and his lass.
Origin of lass
Examples from the Web for lass
Historical Examples of lass
Had the lass been kind I should have fired one gun, that you might know it.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Weel, what think ye o' the lass by this time, Mr. Bletherwick?Salted With Fire
Saying this he put the cup the lass had offered him to his lips.The Story of Don Quixote
Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
"It's just t'edge o' dark, lass," said Matthew to Rotha while filling his pipe.
But I must be off, lass; for I've the horses to get ready, forby the shortness of the time.
- a girl or young woman
- informal a familiar form of address for any female
Word Origin for lass
"young woman," c.1300, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Swedish løsk kona "unmarried woman," but also perhaps related to Old Norse löskr "idle, weak," West Frisian lask "light, thin." Liberman suggests Old Danish las "rag." "Slang words for 'rag' sometimes acquire the jocular meaning 'child' and especially 'girl.'" "Used now only of mean girls" [Johnson, who also has lasslorn "forsaken by his mistress"]. Scottish diminutive lassie first recorded 1725.