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Don Quixote

[don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suh t; Spanish dawn kee-haw-te] /ˌdɒn kiˈhoʊ ti, dɒn ˈkwɪk sət; Spanish dɔn kiˈhɔ tɛ/
the hero of a novel by Cervantes who was inspired by lofty and chivalrous but impractical ideals.
(italics) (Don Quixote de la Mancha) the novel itself (1605 and 1615).


[kee-hoh-tee, kwik-suh t; Spanish kee-haw-te] /kiˈhoʊ ti, ˈkwɪk sət; Spanish kiˈhɔ tɛ/
Don, Don Quixote. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Don Quixote
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  • Lovelace is, if you except Don Quixote, the completest hero in fiction.

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
  • "The best tone poem since Don Quixote," he said, rising and making her a bow.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • He was a target for them, with his serious and simple views, his lean air of Don Quixote.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • I tried it; but, in the spirit of Don Quixote with his helmet, I did not try it hard.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • "I am afraid that you are a sort of Don Quixote," the girl laughed.

  • You are like Don Quixote, who fancied every windmill a giant.

    Picked up at Sea J.C. Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for Don Quixote

Don Quixote

/ˈdɒn kiːˈhəʊtiː; ˈkwɪksət; Spanish don kiˈxote/
an impractical idealist
Word Origin
after the hero of Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha


/ˈkwɪksət; Spanish kiˈxote/
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Contemporary definitions for Don Quixote

an enthusiastic but impractical and idealistic person; also written Quixote

Word Origin

for Don Quixote of Cervantes' novel


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Don Quixote in Culture
Don Quixote [(don kee-hoh-tay, don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suht)]

(1605–1615) A novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The hero, Don Quixote (don is a Spanish title of honor), loses his wits from reading too many romances and comes to believe that he is a knight destined to revive the golden age of chivalry. A tall, gaunt man in armor, he has many comical adventures with his fat squire, Sancho Panza.

Note: A person who is both idealistic and impractical is often said to be “quixotic.”
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