noun• archaic or • literary
- A young unmarried woman.More example sentences
- The young damsel has been captured by baddie pirate Barbossa because she possesses a rare coin.
- The story goes that a young damsel was at the top of the tower when she saw her husband gored to death by a stag he was hunting.
- He would never sense the spirit, the gaiety in courting a young damsel.
damsel in distress
- often • humorous A young woman in trouble (with the implication that the woman needs to be rescued, as by a prince in a fairy tale).More example sentences
- Unlike many would-be damsels in distress, I never imagined myself being rescued by a knight in shining armor.
- I felt as if he was my angel, and I was the damsel in distress.
- Turrets, towers and battlements now look fit to accommodate any damsel in distress.
Middle English: from Old French dameisele, damisele, based on Latin domina 'mistress'.
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