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[duhl-sin-ee-uh, duhl-suh-nee-uh]
  1. a ladylove; sweetheart.
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Origin of dulcinea

First recorded in 1740–50; after Dulcinea the ladylove of Don Quixote
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Examples from the Web for dulcinea

Historical Examples

  • And there he would sing to Dulcinea, his platonic and only love.

    The Story of Don Quixote

    Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • A swain touched then his lute, or whatever you may call it, to his Dulcinea.

  • The papers say Sylvia, your Dulcinea, has inherited a million.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • When we are young, and in love, do we go to visit Dulcinea or her brother Tom?

  • But his Dulcinea had wrought most wonderfully on his imagination.

British Dictionary definitions for dulcinea


  1. a man's sweetheart
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Word Origin

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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