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"maid," mid-15c., especially in reference to Joan of Arc (called in Old French la pucelle from c.1423), according to French sources from Vulgar Latin *pulicella "maid" (cf. Italian pulcella), diminutive of Latin pulla, fem. of pullus "young animal" (see foal (n.)), but there are difficulties with this derivation. Also in English, 16c., "a drab, a slut."

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Examples from the Web for pucelle

Historical Examples

  • The false Pucelle then knelt, confessed her sin, and cried for mercy.

    The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories

    Andrew Lang

  • In the old time Domrémy paid no taxes because of the Pucelle.

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert

  • It is not the Pucelle who would have put them out, do you think?

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert

  • After a retention of above thirty years, his Pucelle appeared.

  • The Pucelle is at least the wit of a rational man, and not the prying beastliness of a satyr.


    John Morley