Don Juan

[don wahn or, Spanish, dawn hwahn for 1, 2; especially for 4 don joo-uh n]


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for don juan

Don Juan


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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Word Origin and History for don juan

"philanderer," from the legendary dissolute Spanish nobleman whose rakish exploits formed the stuff of popular tales in Spain from early 17c., dramatized by Gabriel Tellez in "Convivado de Piedra." Adapted into French and Italian before 1700; Used attributively in English for "ladies' man, womanizer" from the time of Byron's popular poem about him (1819).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

don juan in Medicine

Don Juan

[dŏn wŏn]


A man who is an obsessive seducer of women, especially one who does so out of feelings of impotence or inferiority.
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don juan in Culture

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.

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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