Don Quixote

[ don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suht; Spanish dawn kee-haw-te ]

  1. the hero of a novel by Cervantes who was inspired by lofty and chivalrous but impractical ideals.

  2. (italics) (Don Quixote de la Mancha) the novel itself (1605 and 1615).

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British Dictionary definitions for Don Quixote

Don Quixote

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

  1. an impractical idealist

Origin of Don Quixote

after the hero of Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha

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Cultural 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.

Notes for Don Quixote

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

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