El Dorado

[ el duh-rah-doh, -rey- or, Spanish, el daw-rah-th aw for 1, 2; el duh-rey-doh for 3, 4 ]
/ ˌɛl dəˈrɑ doʊ, -ˈreɪ- or, Spanish, ɛl dɔˈrɑ ðɔ for 1, 2; ˌɛl dəˈreɪ doʊ for 3, 4 /

noun

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for el dorado

El Dorado
/ (ɛl dɒˈrɑːdəʊ, Spanish ɛl doˈraðo) /

noun

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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Cultural definitions for el dorado

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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