Don Quixote

[ don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suh t; Spanish dawn kee-haw-te ]
/ ˌdɒn kiˈhoʊ ti, dɒn ˈkwɪk sət; Spanish dɔn kiˈhɔ tɛ /

noun

the hero of a novel by Cervantes who was inspired by lofty and chivalrous but impractical ideals.
(italics) (Don Quixote de la Mancha) the novel itself (1605 and 1615).

Quixote

[ kee-hoh-tee, kwik-suh t; Spanish kee-haw-te ]
/ kiˈhoʊ ti, ˈkwɪk sət; Spanish kiˈhɔ tɛ /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for don quixote

Don Quixote

/ (ˈdɒn kiːˈhəʊtiː, ˈkwɪksət, Spanish don kiˈxote) /

noun

an impractical idealist

Word Origin for Don Quixote

after the hero of Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha

Quixote

/ (ˈkwɪksət, Spanish kiˈxote) /

noun

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Culture definitions for don quixote

Don Quixote

[ (don kee-hoh-tay, don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suht) ]

(1605–1615) A novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The hero, Don Quixote (don is a Spanish title of honor), loses his wits from reading too many romances and comes to believe that he is a knight destined to revive the golden age of chivalry. A tall, gaunt man in armor, he has many comical adventures with his fat squire, Sancho Panza.

Note

A person who is both idealistic and impractical is often said to be “quixotic.”

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