Damoiselle


Damoiselle
Old French title for an unmarried woman, and also for the wife of a *squire, the rank immediately below that of a knight. The word has been anglicised as 'damsel'. Less familiar is damoiseau, the male equivalent of damoiselle: a young man of good birth, not yet a knight's *esquire. -
Cf. Dame

Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. .


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