noun Literary.
a young woman or girl; a maiden, originally one of gentle or noble birth.

1150–1200; Middle English damisel < Anglo-French (Old French damoisele) < Vulgar Latin *dominicella, equivalent to Latin domin(a) lady (see dame) + -i- -i- + -cella feminine diminutive suffix

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damsel (ˈdæmzəl)
archaic, poetic or a young unmarried woman; maiden
[C13: from Old French damoisele, from Vulgar Latin domnicella (unattested) young lady, from Latin domina mistress; see dame]

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Word Origin & History

1199, from O.Fr. dameisele, modified by association with dame from earlier donsele, from Gallo-Romance *domnicella, dim. of L. domina "lady" (see dame). Archaic until revived by romantic poets, along with 16c.-17c. variant form damozel.
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Example sentences
The wind whips flags, horses' manes and the hair of a beautiful damsel.
Your chair might sympathize with you as a damsel in distress.
Get into the atmosphere with this lightweight, springy do it all damsel.
The volatile damsel he loves is too proud to admit it and marries a rich banker
  to spite her ardent admirer.
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