[ loh-lee-tuh ]
/ loʊˈli tə /


(italics) a novel (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov.
Also Lo·le·ta. a female given name, form of Charlotte or Dolores.

Origin of Lolita

sense “nymphet” after the novel's title character Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lolita


/ (ˌlɒˈliːtə) /


a sexually precocious young girl

Word Origin for Lolita

C20: after the character in Nabokov's novel Lolita (1955)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lolita


fem. proper name, diminutive of Lola. Title and name of character in the 1958 novel by Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) about a precocious schoolgirl seduced by an older man; by 1960 the name was in widespread figurative use.

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