Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A young woman.
  • noun A demoiselle crane.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A young lady; a damsel.
  • noun A bird, the Numidian crane, Anthropoides virgo: so called from its gracefulness and symmetry of form.
  • noun In entomology, a damsel-fly: a dragon-fly.
  • noun A shark, Galeocerdo tigrinus, about 12 feet long.
  • noun A fish of the genus Pomacentrus; one of the family Pomacentridæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The Numidian crane (Anthropoides virgo); -- so called on account of the grace and symmetry of its form and movements.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A beautiful, small dragon fly of the genus Agrion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A damselfly of the family Calopterygidae.
  • noun A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.
  • noun The Numidian crane (Antropoides virgo); so called on account of the grace and symmetry of its form and movements.

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

  • noun small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefs
  • noun a young unmarried woman

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, damsel, from Old French dameisele; see damsel.]

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