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[loh-lee-tuh] /loʊˈli tə/
(italics) a novel (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov.
nymphet (def 2).
Also, Loleta. a female given name, form of Charlotte or Dolores.
Origin of Lolita
sense “nymphet” after the novel's title character Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Then you have a good chance now,” said Lolita, quickly, busy over her cooking.

    Red Men and White Owen Wister
  • So let loose the rein, and leave Lolita to take her own way.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • However, her mother dropped the subject and took up the more interesting one of Lolita.

    The Black Pearl Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Lolita lifted her face, ruddy with stooping, and broke into laughter.

    Red Men and White Owen Wister
  • How strange it should be the lower well that failed, Lolita!

    Red Men and White Owen Wister
British Dictionary definitions for Lolita


a sexually precocious young girl
Word Origin
C20: after the character in Nabokov's novel Lolita (1955)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Lolita

fem. proper name, diminutive of Lola. Title and name of character in the 1958 novel by Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) about a precocious schoolgirl seduced by an older man; by 1960 the name was in widespread figurative use.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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