Definitions for: Damsel


[n] a young unmarried woman



Webster (1913) Definition: Dam"sel, n. [OE. damosel, damesel, damisel, damsel, fr.
OF. damoisele, damisele, gentlewoman, F. demoiselle young
lady; cf. OF. damoisel young nobleman, F. damoiseau; fr. LL.
domicella, dominicella, fem., domicellus, dominicellus,
masc., dim. fr. L. domina, dominus. See Dame, and cf.
Demoiselle, Doncella.]
1. A young person, either male or female, of noble or gentle
extraction; as, Damsel Pepin; Damsel Richard, Prince of
Wales. [Obs.]

2. A young unmarried woman; a girl; a maiden.

With her train of damsels she was gone, In shady
walks the scorching heat to shun. --Dryden.

Sometimes a troop of damsels glad, . . . Goes by to
towered Camelot. --Tennyson.

3. (Milling) An attachment to a millstone spindle for shaking
the hopper.

Synonyms: damoiselle, damosel, damozel, demoiselle

See Also: maid, maiden

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