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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

lassi

[las-ee, luhs-ee] /ˈlæs i, ˈlʌs i/
noun
1.
an Indian beverage of yogurt or buttermilk, water, and spices, often with the addition of fruit or sweetener.
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British Dictionary definitions for lasses

lass

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

lassi

/ˈlæsɪ/
noun
1.
a cold drink made with yoghurt or buttermilk and flavoured with sugar, salt, or a mild spice
Word Origin
from Hindi
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Contemporary definitions for lasses
noun

an Indian milkshake of thinned sweetened and flavored yogurt, but can also be made of milk or buttermilk

Usage Note

cooking

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Word Origin and History for lasses

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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