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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lass
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
young
▪ Photographs indicate that she was a bonny young lass likely to stir the emotions of any number of local young men.
▪ As the day of the wedding drew closer, the young Campbell lass found herself caught up in the arrangements.
■ VERB
go
▪ I went out with the lasses, we were all married women, and I'd get a babysitter for £1.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lass

Lass \Lass\ (l[.a]s), n. [OE. lasse; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. llodes girl, fem. of llawd lad. [root]123. See Lad a youth.] A young woman; a girl; a sweetheart.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
lass

"young woman," c.1300, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Swedish løsk kona "unmarried woman," but also perhaps related to Old Norse löskr "idle, weak," West Frisian lask "light, thin." Liberman suggests Old Danish las "rag." "Slang words for 'rag' sometimes acquire the jocular meaning 'child' and especially 'girl.'" "Used now only of mean girls" [Johnson, who also has lasslorn "forsaken by his mistress"]. Scottish diminutive lassie first recorded 1725.

Wiktionary
lass

n. 1 (context archaic informal English) A young woman or girl. 2 (context Geordie English) A sweetheart.

WordNet
lass

n. a girl or young woman who is unmarried [syn: lassie, young girl, jeune fille]

Wikipedia
Lass

Lass may refer to:

Surname
  • August Lass (1903–1962), Estonian footballer
  • Donna Lass (1944–c.1970), possible victim of the Zodiac Killer
Fictional characters
  • George Lass, fictional character on Dead Like Me
  • Shadow Lass, super heroine in DC Comics universe
  • Lightning Lass, original name of Ayla Ranzz, super heroine in DC Comics universe
Other
  • Lass Bangoura (born 1992), Guinean footballer
  • Lassana Diarra (born 1985), also known as Lass, French footballer
  • Cherry Lass (1902–1914), British racehorse
  • The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie, Scottish folk song
  • Solway Lass, Australian two-master tall ship
  • Tullaghmurray Lass, prawn fishing boat lost near Northern Ireland

Usage examples of "lass".

This is the counsel of ane that wishes ye weel, you and that denty lass at your elbuck.

She was astonished at the southern beauty of the village girls, whom she pronounced to be much handsomer that the country lasses in England.

For me, no venerable spinster hoarded in the Trongate, permitting herself few luxuries during a long-protracted life, save a lass and a lanthorn, a parrot, and the invariable baudrons of antiquity.

It was not my fault I was not a female bosk, like so many of the lasses of peasant stock.

Although she stood erect and utterly still, with her face calm and imperturbable, inwardly Centaine was seething with agitation, and Dandy Lass picked it up from her.

Where Amber joy 173 had ploughed on, getting ever further from the bird, Dandy Lass stopped and, treading water, looked back to where Centaine stood on the far bank.

Ladies and gentlemen, I ask you to welcome Mrs Centaine Courtney-Malcomess and Dandy Lass of Weltevreden.

On the dais, Dandy Lass curtsied politely in front of the prime minister, and at a word from Centaine offered him her right paw.

Iain MacKinnon: It didna matter to Iain whether I was a penniless crofter lass, or a Campbell and the daughter of an earl.

I trudged out into a hooing of damp and grisly wind, into the kind of gunmetal day when you wear your headlights turned on, and think of a roaring fire, hot buttered rum, a Dynel tigerskin, and a brown agile lass from Papeete.

The sun of spring shone, and she talked with him as merrily as any goatherd lass of his own village.

Discussions now took place as to where to sail, and Gow, who was in love with a lass in the Orkney Islands, suggested sailing thither, as being a good place to traffic their stolen goods.

He also told me not to let slip that the McGrath-Anderson team have just had a tip from a woman out in Howgate about a man taking a wee lass into a cottage out there this morning.

Volk gebracht hatte, konnte wissentlich nicht einmal einen Hund im Stich lassen.

Several of the lasses tittered, then cast him knowing glances over their shoulders.