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Don Quixote

[don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suh t; Spanish dawn kee-haw-te]
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noun
  1. the hero of a novel by Cervantes who was inspired by lofty and chivalrous but impractical ideals.
  2. (italics) (Don Quixote de la Mancha) the novel itself (1605 and 1615).
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Quixote

[kee-hoh-tee, kwik-suh t; Spanish kee-haw-te]
noun
  1. Don. Don Quixote.
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British Dictionary definitions for don quixote

Don Quixote

noun
  1. an impractical idealist
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Word Origin

after the hero of Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha

Quixote

noun
  1. See Don Quixote
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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.

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Note

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