[duhl-sin-ee-uh, duhl-suh-nee-uh]


a ladylove; sweetheart.

Origin of dulcinea

First recorded in 1740–50; after Dulcinea the ladylove of Don Quixote
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a man's sweetheart

Word Origin for dulcinea

C18: from the name of Don Quixote's mistress Dulcinea del Toboso in Cervantes' novel; from Spanish dulce sweet
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Word Origin and History for dulcinea


"sweetheart," 1748, from the name of Don Quixote's mistress in Cervantes' romance, the name a Spanish fem. derivative of Latin dulce "sweet."

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