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[roz-uh-nan-tee, roh-zuh-nahn-tee]
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  1. the old, worn horse of Don Quixote.
  2. (lowercase) an old, decrepit horse.
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Spanish Rocinante.
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Historical Examples

  • Now we shall look after the requirements of Rosinante, my little Sancho Panza.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • Securing all his money about his person, he mounted his Rosinante.

  • Don't you think your Rosinante would be benefitted by a taste of the spur?


    Marion Harland

  • Once more mounted on my Rosinante, we resumed our line of march.

    The Captive in Patagonia

    Benjamin Franklin Bourne

  • I roamed about in the gloom searching for my errant Rosinante.

    With Steyn and De Wet

    Philip Pienaar

British Dictionary definitions for rosinante


  1. a worn-out emaciated old horse
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Word Origin

C18: from Spanish, the name of Don Quixote's horse, from rocin old horse
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Word Origin and History for rosinante



Don Quixote's horse, from Spanish Rocinante, from rocin "worn-out horse" + antes "before," "so called in allusion to the circumstance that Don Quixote's charger was formerly a wretched hack" [Klein]. Rocin is cognate with Old French rancin "draft horse, hack," but the word is of unknown origin.

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