from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young woman or girl; a maiden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A young woman (of noble birth).
- n. A girl; a maiden (without sexual experience).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A young person, either male or female, of noble or gentle extraction
- n. A young unmarried woman; a girl; a maiden.
- n. An attachment to a millstone spindle for shaking the hopper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young unmarried woman; especially, in former use, a maiden of gentle birth.
- n. A contrivance put into a bed to warm the feet of old or sick persons. Bailey.
- n. A projection on a millstone-spindle for shaking the shoe.
- n. A titular designation of a young gentleman; a young man of gentle or noble birth: as, damsel Pepin; damsel Richard, Prince of Wales.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a young unmarried woman
Middle English damisele, from Old French dameisele, damoiselle, from Vulgar Latin *dominicella, diminutive of domina, lady; see dame.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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”). (Wiktionary)