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.

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Related Words for eldorado

bonanza, lode, Eldorado, vein, Golconda

Examples from the Web for eldorado

Contemporary Examples of eldorado

Historical Examples of eldorado

  • And the person that draws the longest slip must be the one to find our Eldorado.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • Little by little the story of the B-Hive and the quest for an Eldorado came out.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • The uncertainly and mystery that enveloped Eldorado was its greatest charm.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • Charley Anderson, on Eldorado, panned out $700 in three hours.

    A Woman who went to Alaska

    May Kellogg Sullivan

  • The Antiquary inquired from what Eldorado this treasure was forthcoming.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for eldorado

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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Word Origin and History for eldorado

1590s, from Spanish El Dorado "the golden one," name given 16c. to country or city believed to lie in the heart of the Amazon jungle, from past participle of dorar "to gild," from Latin deaurare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eldorado 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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