from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See damsel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a young unmarried woman


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  • Yes, “the fairest daughter of Eve the fair” was indeed your unknown damozel; but how little the Modeste of today resembles her of that long past era!

    Modeste Mignon

  • "That was a song of joy because a beautiful damozel approached with bread for the hungry."

    The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp

  • The stone was 'beneath at the river,' the damozel who comes to view the marvel 'came rydynge doune the ryver .... on a whyte palfroy toward them,' and there is mention of the river meads.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

  • The damozel had mingled the potion in a plate of beefsteak pudding, and had handed the same out of the scullery window to her peripatetic swain; with the sole result that that limb of the law had been immediately and violently sick, and, the moment he felt sufficiently recovered to do so, had declared the already debilitated match at an end.

    The Right Stuff Some Episodes in the Career of a North Briton

  • To Augustus -- fresh from very gilded gold, painted lilies and highly perfumed violets -- she seemed a vision of delight, a blessed damozel, a living Salvation.

    Driftwood Spars The Stories of a Man, a Boy, a Woman, and Certain Other People Who Strangely Met Upon the Sea of Life

  • And it felt for all the world like sitting on the brink of Heaven, like a blessed damozel the second, watching a sister-soul coming up to join you in your beatitude.

    The Prairie Mother

  • I thought of this when our blessed damozel flatly refused to touch our catch.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • "'The blessed damozel leaned out,'" he said (the idea in his mind being that _he_ was a blessed damozel).

    The Divine Fire

  • Then she saw herself in the cloisters lost in the beauty of "The blessed damozel," when he had appeared so unexpectedly.

    Molly Brown's Senior Days


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  • "The juxtaposition of textures, of the silky, flowing hair with the heavy, sweaty bodies, says something. We think of the blessed damozel leaning down from Heaven. But we don't stop thinking that the scene is also pretty bizarre, and that double meaning is echt Bausch."

    From "City Lights" by Joan Acocella

    The New Yorker, Dec. 25, 2006 and Jan. 1, 2007, p 142

    December 26, 2006

  • "It had surprised Strange not a little to hear of Morse's quite unequivocal refusal to postpone a few days of his furlough and return immediately to HQ to take official charge of the case; especially in view of the latest letter - surely the break they'd all been waiting for. On the other hand there were more things in life than a blonde damozel who might or might not have been murdered a year ago."

    - Colin Dexter, 'The Way Through The Woods'.

    November 1, 2008

  • The blessed damozel leaned out

    From the gold bar of Heaven;

    Her eyes were deeper than the depth

    Of waters stilled at even;

    She had three lilies in her hand,

    And the stars in her hair were seven.

    From The Blessed Damozel - Dante Gabriel Rosetti

    September 19, 2009

  • cf. mamzel

    September 19, 2009