Damsel meaning

dămzəl
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A young woman or girl; a maiden.
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(now literary) A girl; maiden.
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A girl; a maiden (without sexual experience).
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A young woman (of noble birth).
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A damsel is a young unmarried woman.

A 20-year-old girl who is not married is an example of a damsel.

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A damselfish.
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A damselfly.
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Origin of damsel

  • Middle English damisele from Old French dameisele, damoiselle from Vulgar Latin dominicella diminutive of domina lady dame

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, dameisele, from Old French damoisele, from Late Latin *domnicella, from Classical Latin domina (“mistress”), from domus (“house”) (from which English domestic etc.), from Proto-Indo-European *dṓm, from root *demh₂- (“to build”).

    From Wiktionary