Damsel and Spinster

What is the difference between Damsel and Spinster?

By Fred, Morocco - 27th Sep. -2007

A damsel is a young, unmarried woman. The word is mostly used in literary contexts and is considered rather old fashioned. A much more common word nowadays is bachelorette. Bu the way, the first syllable to damsel is pronounced like the word
dam and the s that follows is like the z in zoo and zip. The main stress is on the first syllable.

A Spinster, unlike a damsel, is usually middle aged or old. She is someone who has never married and her chances of getting married are remote. A damsel is single for the time being. She may choose to marry later on.

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