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El Dorado

[el duh-rah-doh, -rey- or, Spanish, el daw-rah-th aw for 1, 2; el duh-rey-doh for 3, 4] /ˌɛl dəˈrɑ doʊ, -ˈreɪ- or, Spanish, ɛl dɔˈrɑ ðɔ for 1, 2; ˌɛl dəˈreɪ doʊ for 3, 4/
noun
1.
a legendary treasure city of South America, sought by the early Spanish explorers.
2.
any place offering great wealth.
3.
a city in S Arkansas.
4.
a town in S Kansas.
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  • Of El Dorado, or his real reason for leaving the Yukon, he said nothing.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • He was the will of destiny decreeing that Spurling should not reach El Dorado alive.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • To conquer that El Dorado had been Balboa's cherished dream.

    South American Fights and Fighters

    Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • In the land of "El Dorado" the sands of the rivers can be coined into minted money.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan
  • The talk turned on "El Dorado" and the fabulous treasures he had heaped up.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan
  • Billiards would be too slow a game for the frequenters of “El Dorado.”

  • It was at the time that the world was still dreaming of the land of El Dorado.

  • De Soto and his followers sought our shores in quest of El Dorado.

    Florida: Past and present Samuel Curtis Upham
British Dictionary definitions for El Dorado

El Dorado

/ɛl dɒˈrɑːdəʊ; Spanish ɛl doˈraðo/
noun
1.
a fabled city in South America, rich in treasure and sought by Spanish explorers in the 16th century
2.
Also eldorado. any place of great riches or fabulous opportunity
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, literally: the gilded (place)
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El Dorado in Culture
El Dorado [(el duh-rah-doh)]

A place of fabulous wealth, or an opportunity to obtain it. During the gold rush many adventurers believed that California would be their El Dorado. The name comes from the name of a legendary South American city of stupendous riches sought by Spanish conquistadores.

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