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