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lass

[las] /læs/
noun
1.
a girl or young woman, especially one who is unmarried.
2.
a female sweetheart:
a young lad and his lass.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English las, lasse, of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for lass

lass

/læs/
noun
1.
a girl or young woman
2.
(informal) a familiar form of address for any female
Word Origin
C13: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lass
n.

"young woman," c.1300, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Swedish løsk kona "unmarried woman," but also perhaps related to Old Norse löskr "idle, weak," West Frisian lask "light, thin." Liberman suggests Old Danish las "rag." "Slang words for 'rag' sometimes acquire the jocular meaning 'child' and especially 'girl.'" "Used now only of mean girls" [Johnson, who also has lasslorn "forsaken by his mistress"]. Scottish diminutive lassie first recorded 1725.

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