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damsel


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Damsel  \Dam"sel\,  n.  [OE.  damosel,  damesel,  damisel,  damsel,  fr 
  OF  damoisele,  damisele  gentlewoman,  F.  demoiselle  young 
  lady;  cf  OF  damoisel  young  nobleman,  F.  damoiseau  fr  LL 
  domicella  dominicella  fem.,  domicellus  dominicellus 
  masc.,  dim.  fr  L.  domina,  dominus.  See  {Dame},  and  cf 
  {Demoiselle},  {Doncella}.] 
  1.  A  young  person,  either  male  or  female,  of  noble  or  gentle 
  extraction;  as  Damsel  Pepin;  Damsel  Richard,  Prince  of 
  Wales.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  A  young  unmarried  woman;  a  girl;  a  maiden. 
 
  With  her  train  of  damsels  she  was  gone,  In  shady 
  walks  the  scorching  heat  to  shun.  --Dryden. 
 
  Sometimes  a  troop  of  damsels  glad,  .  .  .  Goes  by  to 
  towered  Camelot.  --Tennyson. 
 
  3.  (Milling)  An  attachment  to  a  millstone  spindle  for  shaking 
  the  hopper. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  damsel 
  n  :  a  young  unmarried  woman  [syn:  {demoiselle},  {damoiselle},  {damosel}, 
  {damozel}] 




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