damsel

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From Middle English dameisele, a borrowing from Old French damoisele, from Vulgar Latin *domnicella, a diminutive from Classical Latin domina (mistress, lady), from domus (house) (from which 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

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