Definition of damsel in English:



archaic, literary
  • A young unmarried woman.

    • ‘The story goes that a young damsel was at the top of the tower when she saw her husband gored to death by a stag he was hunting.’
    • ‘He had heard it said that her innocent demeanour combined with her intelligent mind made her a refreshing change from mindlessly demure damsels.’
    • ‘The young damsel has been captured by baddie pirate Barbossa because she possesses a rare coin.’
    • ‘Apart from creating the right ambience, damsels dressed in traditional attire of each country stood beside the display and dished out facts about the fare.’
    • ‘Basher introduces us to beautiful damsels, obnoxious sisters, indescribably evil villains and horrifying monsters.’
    • ‘He said: ‘They really enjoyed becoming knights on horseback and medieval damsels.’’
    • ‘He would never sense the spirit, the gaiety in courting a young damsel.’
    lady, girl, member of the fair sex, member of the gentle sex, female
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Middle English: from Old French dameisele, damisele, based on Latin domina mistress.