damsel

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From Middle English dameisele, borrowed from Old French damoisele, from Vulgar Latin *domnicella, a diminutive from Classical Latin domina (mistress, lady), from domus (house) (whence English domestic etc.), from Proto-Indo-European *dṓm, from root *dem- (to build).

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damsel (plural damsels)

  1. A young woman (of noble birth).
  2. A girl; a maiden (without sexual experience).
  3. A young woman who is not married.
  4. An unmarried lady-in-waiting.
  5. A chattering damsel (component of a mill).
    • 1843, The Magazine of Science, and Schools of Art (volume 4, page 263)
      The spout that conveys the grain from the hopper to the eye or centre of the upper millstone rests against the spindle, just at the damsel, and thus receives an alternate back and forward motion, []

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