noun, plural do·ra·dos, (especially collectively) do·ra·do.

Origin of dorado

1595–1605; < Spanish < Late Latin deaurātus, past participle of deaurāre to gild. See de-, aurum, -ate1


[duh-rah-doh; for 1 also Spanish daw-rah-th aw]

noun, genitive Do·ra·dus [duh-rah-duh s] /dəˈrɑ dəs/ for 2.

a city in N Puerto Rico.
the Swordfish, a small southern constellation between Volans and Horologium.

Origin of Dorado

From Spanish, dating back to 1595–1605; see origin at dorado

El Dorado

[el duh-rah-doh, -rey- or, Spanish, el daw-rah-th aw for 1, 2; el duh-rey-doh for 3, 4]


a legendary treasure city of South America, sought by the early Spanish explorers.
any place offering great wealth.
a city in S Arkansas.
a town in S Kansas. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for dorado

Cal, Golconda

Examples from the Web for dorado

Historical Examples of dorado

  • Scarcely could you say he became more at his ease, more the boon compaero and dorado.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • Morales had called him his dorado, his brave little golden one!

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • This is the guaracapema of Piso and Marcgrave, by others called the dorado.

  • “Orange the best bait for a dorado,” said the Italian softly, as he placed the point of the hook to his satisfaction.

    Rob Harlow's Adventures

    George Manville Fenn

  • The fish course included the royal sturgeon, the dorado or sword-fish, the turbot.

British Dictionary definitions for dorado



another name for dolphin (def. 3)
a South American river fish of the genus Salminus that resembles a salmon


noun Latin genitive Doradus (dəˈrɑːdəs)

a constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Reticulum and Pictor and containing part of the Large Magellanic cloud

Word Origin for Dorado

C17: from Spanish, from dorar to gild, from Latin de- + -aurāre, from aurum gold

El Dorado


a fabled city in South America, rich in treasure and sought by Spanish explorers in the 16th century
Also: eldorado any place of great riches or fabulous opportunity

Word Origin for El Dorado

C16: from Spanish, literally: the gilded (place)
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dorado in Culture

El Dorado

[(el duh-rah-doh)]

A place of fabulous wealth, or an opportunity to obtain it. During the gold rush many adventurers believed that California would be their El Dorado. The name comes from the name of a legendary South American city of stupendous riches sought by Spanish conquistadores.

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