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Don Juan

[don wahn or, Spanish, dawn hwahn for 1, 2; especially for 4 don joo-uh n] /dɒn ˈwɑn or, Spanish, dɔn ˈʰwɑn for 1, 2; especially for 4 dɒn ˈdʒu ən/
a legendary Spanish nobleman famous for his many seductions and dissolute life.
a libertine or rake.
a ladies' man; womanizer.
(italics) an unfinished epic satire (1819–24) by Byron. Unabridged
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Don Juan

/ˈdɒn ˈdʒuːən; Spanish don xwan/
a legendary Spanish nobleman and philanderer: hero of many poems, plays, and operas, including treatments by de Molina, Molière, Goldoni, Mozart, Byron, and Shaw
a successful seducer of women
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Word Origin and History for Don Juan

don juan


"philanderer," from the legendary dissolute Spanish nobleman whose rakish exploits formed the stuff of popular tales in Spain from early 17c., dramatized by Gabriel Tellez in "Convivado de Piedra." Adapted into French and Italian before 1700; Used attributively in English for "ladies' man, womanizer" from the time of Byron's popular poem about him (1819).

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Don Juan in Medicine

Don Juan (dŏn wŏn')
A man who is an obsessive seducer of women, especially one who does so out of feelings of impotence or inferiority.

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Don Juan in Culture
Don Juan [(don wahn, don hwahn, don jooh-uhn)]

An obsessive and unscrupulous pursuer of women: “He charms all his female colleagues; he is the Don Juan of the office.” From the legendary nobleman who seduced hundreds of women and was eventually damned for his immoral ways.

Don Juan [(don wahn, don hwahn, don jooHuhn)]

A legendary Spanish nobleman and chaser of women; he first appears in Spanish literature in the seventeenth century. Many authors and composers have depicted him: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in the opera Don Giovanni; Lord Byron, in the long poem “Don Juan”; and George Bernard Shaw, in the play Man and Superman.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for Don Juan

Don Juan


A man who has great sexual success with a large number of women

[1848+; fr the name of a legendary dissolute Spanish nobleman, popularized in Britain by Byron's poem Don Juan]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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