pucelle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman puscele, Middle French pucele, perhaps from a Late Latin *pullicella, but the further etymology is disputed.

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Noun[edit]

pucelle (plural pucelles)

  1. (archaic) A girl, a maiden; a virgin (often with reference to Joan of Arc).
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VII:
      ‘Be ye a pusell or a wyff?’ ‘Sir,’ she seyde, ‘I am a clene maydyn.’
    • Ben Jonson
      Lady or pucelle, that wears mask or fan.
    • 1976, Robert Nye, Falstaff:
      Seven weeks before, Joan of Arc had ridden into Orleans. She was at the height of her strange career.…‘Maid or Witch, Pucelle or Puzzell – she is very hard to understand.’
  2. (obsolete) A prostitute, a slut.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French pucele, from Late Latin pulicella ‘young girl’, a popular diminutive of puella ‘girl’.

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Noun[edit]

pucelle f (plural pucelles, masculine puceau)

  1. a maiden, a virgin
    elle n'est plus pucelle: she's not a virgin.

Related terms[edit]

  • la Pucelle d'Orléans: the Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc

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