Origin of lass

1250–1300; Middle English las, lasse, of uncertain origin


[las-ee, luhs-ee]
  1. an Indian beverage of yogurt or buttermilk, water, and spices, often with the addition of fruit or sweetener. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for lasses

maid, maiden, colleen, damsel, female, girl, miss, missy, lassie

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British Dictionary definitions for lasses


  1. a girl or young woman
  2. informal a familiar form of address for any female

Word Origin for lass

C13: origin uncertain


  1. a cold drink made with yoghurt or buttermilk and flavoured with sugar, salt, or a mild spice

Word Origin for lassi

from Hindi
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Word Origin and History for lasses



"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.

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