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Don Juan

[ don wahn or, Spanish, dawn hwahn for 1, 2; especially for 4 don joo-uhn ]
/ dɒn ˈwɑn or, Spanish, dɔn ˈʰwɑn for 1, 2; especially for 4 dɒn ˈdʒu ən /
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noun
a legendary Spanish nobleman famous for his many seductions and dissolute life.
a libertine or rake.
a ladies' man; womanizer.
(italics) an unfinished epic satire (1819–24) by Byron.
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British Dictionary definitions for Don Juan

Don Juan
/ (ˈdɒn ˈdʒuːən, Spanish don xwan) /

noun
a legendary Spanish nobleman and philanderer: hero of many poems, plays, and operas, including treatments by de Molina, Molière, Goldoni, Mozart, Byron, and Shaw
a successful seducer of women
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Cultural definitions for Don Juan (1 of 2)

Don Juan
[ (don wahn, don hwahn, don jooh-uhn) ]

An obsessive and unscrupulous pursuer of women: “He charms all his female colleagues; he is the Don Juan of the office.” From the legendary nobleman who seduced hundreds of women and was eventually damned for his immoral ways.

Cultural definitions for Don Juan (2 of 2)

Don Juan
[ (don wahn, don hwahn, don jooHuhn) ]

A legendary Spanish nobleman and chaser of women; he first appears in Spanish literature in the seventeenth century. Many authors and composers have depicted him: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in the opera Don Giovanni; Lord Byron, in the long poem “Don Juan”; and George Bernard Shaw, in the play Man and Superman.

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