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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

Etymologies

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)

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