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damselnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdæm·zəl/
dated literature a ​young woman who is not ​married: The ​heroine in this ​movie isn’t like some damsel in ​distress (= woman ​needing a man’s ​help)waiting to be ​saved.
(Definition of damsel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “damsel”
in Spanish damisela, doncella…
in Vietnamese thiếu nữ…
in Malaysian gadis…
in Thai ผู้หญิงสาว…
in French damoiselle…
in German junges Mädchen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 少女,姑娘…
in Indonesian gadis…
in Chinese (Traditional) 少女,姑娘…
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