Noldorin 

dess

noun. young woman

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dess

noun. young woman

An archaic word in The Etymologies of the 1930s for “young woman” derived from ON. ndissa under the root ᴹ√NDIS (Ety/NDIS), where the i became e via a-affection. Tolkien said of dess that it “does not [survive] except as contributing to sense ‘woman’: cf. bess properly ‘wife’” (EtyAC/NDIS). Hence this word was no longer used in modern language.

Cognates

  • ᴹQ. nis “woman” ✧ Ety/NDIS

Derivations

  • On. ndissa “young woman” ✧ Ety/BES; Ety/NDIS; EtyAC/NDIS; EtyAC/NDIS; EtyAC/NIS
    • ᴹ√NDIS “*bride” ✧ Ety/NDIS
    • ᴹ√NĪ/INI “female” ✧ Ety/BES
    • ᴹ√NIS “woman” ✧ Ety/NIS

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
On. dissa > dess[dissa] > [dessa] > [dess]✧ Ety/BES
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bess

noun. (young) woman

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bess

noun. wife

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noun. woman, lady

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