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[duhl-sin-ee-uh, duhl-suh-nee-uh] /dʌlˈsɪn i ə, ˌdʌl səˈni ə/
a ladylove; sweetheart.
Origin of dulcinea
First recorded in 1740-50; after Dulcinea the ladylove of Don Quixote Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for dulcinea
Historical Examples
  • And there he would sing to dulcinea, his platonic and only love.

    The Story of Don Quixote

    Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • A swain touched then his lute, or whatever you may call it, to his dulcinea.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • The papers say Sylvia, your dulcinea, has inherited a million.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • When we are young, and in love, do we go to visit dulcinea or her brother Tom?

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • But his dulcinea had wrought most wonderfully on his imagination.

  • dulcinea used to like him very much, and is still fond of him in a way.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • On the other hand, dulcinea's governor is a stout baron of the old school.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • It certainly can't trouble him, and it wouldn't trouble dulcinea if she had any sense.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • And where would you have looked for your heart, if such had seemed your dulcinea?'

  • dulcinea saw me shiver, I think, and ran to get a shawl or some covering for me.

    Portia Duchess
British Dictionary definitions for dulcinea


a man's sweetheart
Word Origin
C18: from the name of Don Quixote's mistress Dulcinea del Toboso in Cervantes' novel; from Spanish dulce sweet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dulcinea


"sweetheart," 1748, from the name of Don Quixote's mistress in Cervantes' romance, the name a Spanish fem. derivative of Latin dulce "sweet."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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