Damsel

Dam"sel

(dm"zl), 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.]
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2. A young unmarried woman; a girl; a maiden.
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With her train of damsels she was gone,
In shady walks the scorching heat to shun.
Dryden.
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Sometimes a troop of damsels glad, . . .
Goes by to towered Camelot.
Tennyson.
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3. (Milling) An attachment to a millstone spindle for shaking the hopper.
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