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[dwen-de; English doo-en-dey] /ˈdwɛn dɛ; English duˈɛn deɪ/
noun, plural duendes
[dwen-des; English doo-en-deyz] /ˈdwɛn dɛs; English duˈɛn deɪz/ (Show IPA),
for 1. Spanish.
a goblin; demon; spirit.
charm; magnetism. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "To have a duende" signifies that a person's imagination is disturbed.

  • This friend is a duende, which will be injurious to us if you let it live here.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • Then he ordered his servants to find the duende and kill it.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • It is the duende, your friend, who is in her abdomen, and no one can persuade it to come out but you.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • After he was given permission to try, he said to the duende, “Who are you?”

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • He looked at the duende carefully, and saw that it resembled a very small man with long hair and a white beard.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • The duende gave Mabait two or three isabels6 every day, and by the end of the month he had saved much money.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • Mabait was married to the princess, was crowned king, and lived happily with his friend the duende.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
  • But occasionally the duende had the form of a little busy friar, like the Monachiello at Naples.

    Brownies and Bogles Louise Imogen Guiney
  • Perez gives as definitions “duende” (elf or hobgoblin) and “mico nocturno.”

British Dictionary definitions for duende


inspiration or passion, esp associated with flamenco
Word Origin
C20: Spanish, spirit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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