damoiseau

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French damoisel, from Vulgar Latin *domnicellus, diminutive of Classical Latin dominus (master, lord).

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Noun[edit]

damoiseau m (plural damoiseaux)

  1. (archaic) young man
  2. (historical) A young gentleman who was not yet a knight and aspired to be one; young nobleman accompanying his lord or lady to hunt, walk, travel, etc.
  3. (ironic, dated) A handsome, charming young male who is courteous and/or amorous to women.


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