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Damosel(l, -oysell, n. Also: dammosell, -sal(l. [ME. damosel (c 1300), damoysel (c 1400), OF. damoisele. Cf. Damisel.] A damsel; a young woman. 1513 Doug. vii. xiii. 81.
The hair was of this damoysell Knyt with a button in a goldyn kell
1533 Boece vii. x. 241.
With … swerdis or dartis to slop the bodyis of … waik damosellis
1561 Treas. Acc. XI. 84.
Blak stamyng to xiiij dammis, dammosellis and madynnis to be thair clokis
a1568 Scott v. 51.
In May gois dammosalis and dammis In gardyngis grene
1585 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 388.
William Nesbet … to pas and visie the estaitt of the damosell that wes in despair and report the sam
1596 Dalr. II. 152/18.
He an alde aget man, to marie sa ȝoung a damosel
1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 258.
He did heate a pair of taings in the fyre and thairwith brunt the poore damosell in the cheeke

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