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- n. A young squire or the attendant to a knight; a page
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A young squire, or knight's attendant; a page.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young attendant; a page; a youth of good quality not yet knighted.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I have translated _squire_, because the donzel was a youth of gentle birth awaiting knighthood.
DAMSEL OR DAMOISEAU (in Italian, _donzel_; in Latin, _domisellus_); one of the gallant youths domiciled in the _maison du roi.
But I, donzel, wear the spurs of knighthood, and to succour the distressed is a duty my oath will not let me swerve from.