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”).
damsel (plural damsels)
- A young woman (of noble birth).
- A girl; a maiden (without sexual experience).
- A young woman who is not married.