from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young woman.
  • n. A demoiselle crane.
  • n. See damselfly.
  • n. See damselfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A damselfly of the family Calopterygidae.
  • n. A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.
  • n. The Numidian crane (Antropoides virgo); so called on account of the grace and symmetry of its form and movements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.
  • n. The Numidian crane (Anthropoides virgo); -- so called on account of the grace and symmetry of its form and movements.
  • n. A beautiful, small dragon fly of the genus Agrion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young lady; a damsel.
  • n. A bird, the Numidian crane, Anthropoides virgo: so called from its gracefulness and symmetry of form.
  • n. In entomology, a damsel-fly: a dragon-fly.
  • n. A shark, Galeocerdo tigrinus, about 12 feet long.
  • n. A fish of the genus Pomacentrus; one of the family Pomacentridæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefs
  • n. a young unmarried woman


French, damsel, from Old French dameisele; see damsel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • So, Kristin, where was le mot "demoiselle" in the story?

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  • The French word "demoiselle," which might be adequately rendered into Japanese by the term _ojosan_, refers only to those exquisitely slender, graceful, slow-flitting dragon-flies known to the scientist by the name of Calopteryx.

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  • This "demoiselle" was the type of a woman who is never to be met with except in Paris.

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  • "demoiselle" now rides "Sin-fin's" Irish hunters, we may believe, if we wish, that a rickety piano formed the basis of an international romance.

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  • The cafe crowd howled, the girl's mother growled, and certain susceptibles felt sympathy for the demoiselle whose hapless heart lived itself out loud.

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  • French Vocabulary une fille = girl le tabac = bar, café, or shop with a cigarette counter la demoiselle = young lady

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  • Alexis is doing an internship at our winery. le stage = internship le/la stagiaire = intern, trainee le ménage = housework le souci = worry la garçonnière = bachelor pad le fromage = cheese la demoiselle = the young lady la gastro (gastronomie) = gastronomy hélas = alas une mère = mother (note: this word is missing from the sound file)

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  • "She didn't tell you to go that way," Max pointed out, in gallant defense of the demoiselle.

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  • (And remember: hovering over every game is the dread spectre of Fanny, the demoiselle – or, more usually, artistic representation thereof – whose bare bottom the player who suffers a 13-0 defeat is required to kiss.)

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  • What I'm after is the most beautiful of all Claxton's dragonflies, an insect more lovely even than its name, the banded demoiselle.

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