"maid," mid-15c., especially in reference to Joan of Arc (called in Old French la pucelle from c.1423), according to French sources from Vulgar Latin *pulicella "maid" (cf. Italian pulcella), diminutive of Latin pulla, fem. of pullus "young animal" (see foal (n.)), but there are difficulties with this derivation. Also in English, 16c., "a drab, a slut."
After a retention of above thirty years, his pucelle appeared.
The false pucelle then knelt, confessed her sin, and cried for mercy.
Now I guessed that, if I was ever to win her, it must be through this pucelle, on whom her mind was so strangely bent.
It is not the pucelle who would have put them out, do you think?
They were not the people to give 210 livres to a self-styled pucelle without examining her personally.
The pucelle is at least the wit of a rational man, and not the prying beastliness of a satyr.
“You are to lodge with my own family, pucelle,” he said, making Jeanne a deep obeisance.
“You are summoned to appear before the court, pucelle,” he explained.
Great was the joy in the Burgundian camp when the news spread that the dreaded pucelle was a prisoner.
On the “pucelle” you were occupied during a generation of mortal men.