pucele

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From early Old French pulcella, from Vulgar Latin *pūllicella, of disputed origin. Possibly a diminutive of Latin pullus ‎(young of animals, chick), or pullus as a contraction of *purulus, from purus ‎(pure). Alternatively from Latin puella ‎(girl) through a Vulgar Latin root *puellicella.

Noun[edit]

pucele f ‎(oblique plural puceles, nominative singular pucele, nominative plural puceles)

  1. a young unmarried woman
  2. (by extension) a virgin

Quotations[edit]

Marie de France (12th or 13th century AD) Lanval: “Le chevaler avant ala, e la pucele l'apela”

The knight went onwards, and the young girl called to him.

Descendants[edit]