Middle English Dictionary Entry

wench(e n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A girl, esp. an unmarried girl, a maiden; a young woman;—occas. with disparaging overtones; also, a female infant [quot. c1450 Burg.]; yong ~; (b) a serving maid, a bondwoman; (c) a sweetheart, one’s beloved; (d) a concubine, paramour, mistress; a strumpet, harlot; also, a temple prostitute [quot. c1384]; (e) ?the female of a species of beast; ?error for welken n.