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Quixote

[kee-hoh-tee, kwik-suh t; Spanish kee-haw-te] /kiˈhoʊ ti, ˈkwɪk sət; Spanish kiˈhɔ tɛ/
noun
1.
Don, Don Quixote.
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  • But as Mr. Gladstone was then, so he has been all his life—the very Quixote of conscience.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • You seem to wonder and ask yourselves who is this modern Quixote.

  • Any gentleman, that is, any spiritual man, has it in him to be a Quixote.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • They will laugh at him; they will say he is a Quixote; they will turn it all into fun, or think it his folly.

    The Curate in Charge Margaret Oliphant
  • In 1603 he wrote the first part of the Quixote, and published it in 1605.

    A History of Spain Charles E. Chapman
  • Indeed I can hardly believe that you intend to be such a Quixote.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope
  • We Amurricans take considerable stock (p. 332) in old man Quixote.

    One-Act Plays Various
  • Did faithful Sancho fall in at heel at his Quixote's bidding?

    Emmy Lou's Road to Grace George Madden Martin
  • But then there was Cervantes, starving, but straight; he deals us some hard knocks in that second part of his Quixote.

    Lavengro George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for Quixote

Quixote

/ˈkwɪksət; Spanish kiˈxote/
noun
1.
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Contemporary definitions for Quixote
noun

an enthusiastic but impractical and idealistic person; also written Quixote

Word Origin

for Don Quixote of Cervantes' novel

noun

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