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Damisel, Damesel, n. Also: damycel(l, -cele, -sel, -sell(e, -sele, -seil(l; damicel(l, -issell, -essel; damysale, -saill, damiesall, damesal, dammesaill; damisoll, -esoll. [ME. damisel (c 1300), -ysel, -esele, etc., variants of dameisele, -aisele, OF. dami-, dameisele, later damoisele: see Damosell.] A young woman, esp. of noble or gentle birth; a young female attendant.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xlix. 17.
Be the wyndou hapnyt sit … A damycele
c1420 Wynt. viii. 4659 (W).
With a towell a damyceill [C. -seil] Wypit the wall
a1500 Lancelot 2351.
Sche had no knycht, sche had no damyseill
a1500 Seven S. 2768.
The child bad tak this damysele, And spulȝe now
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matt. ix. 25.]
[Rise, damycele, and the damycele raase
(b) c1420 Wynt. v. 4042.
The doytyd qwennys off that land, And damysellys yhong and awenand
1490 Irland Mir. I. 151/14.
His humyll seruand and damycell
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 456.
As thir damysellis [dois] for derne dotit lufe
1513 Doug. iv. Prol. 196.
Ȝyng virgynys, and fair damycellis
1533 Boece i. iv. 40 b.
That with Pichtis mariage suld be maid, Scottis virginis and damysellis to thame suld be gevin
1562-3 Winȝet I. 79/8.
I thi seruand and the sone of thi damicel
a1568 Scott iii. 50.
And ȝe defend nocht damissellis defame
1617 Sutherland Corr. 131.
Ane act maid that quha revischid ane damisell … it suld be trasone
(c) 1492 Myll Spect. 281/27.
I … sall cast me to luf nane bot vyrgynis & ȝoung damessellis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 147.
First … Come dame Bewte … Syne folowit all hir dameselis yfere
a1578 Pitsc. I. 146/4.
The matrounis wnderstanding this damesell dessawit in this matter
1587-99 Hume Ep. Reader 6/8.
The assemblies of yong gentilmen and yong damesels
(d) 1425 Montgomery Mem. 9.
He sal hald the said Anny … and a damysale with hir
1492 Myll Spect. 297/21.
All ladyes, damesollis, and gentill wemen of ane gud fame
1513 Doug. xi. ii. 28.
The fresch flowris … Newly pullyt vp … With tendyr fyngeris of the damysaill
1566 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 153.
The honest damisolis that the said Archbald hes by hir
1611 Brechin Test. II. 165.
The saidis Katheringand Besse Barclay isbeing single dammesaillis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxi. 20 (R).
The drerie damiesall Distres, And eik hir sorie sister Hewenes

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