- the old, worn horse of Don Quixote.
- (lowercase) an old, decrepit horse.
Examples from the Web for rosinante
Historical Examples of rosinante
Now we shall look after the requirements of Rosinante, my little Sancho Panza.Mixed Faces
Securing all his money about his person, he mounted his Rosinante.The Comical Adventures of Twm Shon Catty
T. J. Llewelyn Prichard
Don't you think your Rosinante would be benefitted by a taste of the spur?Alone
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
- a worn-out emaciated old horse
Word Origin for Rosinante
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.