Sancho Panza

[ san-choh -pan-zuh; Spanish sahn-chaw -pahn-thah ]
/ ˈsæn tʃoʊ ˈpæn zə; Spanish ˈsɑn tʃɔ ˈpɑn θɑ /

noun

the credulous and amusing squire of Don Quixote.

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Cultural definitions for Sancho Panza

Sancho Panza
[ (sahn-choh pahn-zuh, san-choh pan-zuh) ]

In Don Quixote, the down-to-Earth peasant who accompanies the idealistic, deluded Don on his adventures. Sancho is a delightful coward, more interested in material comfort and safety than in performing courageous acts.

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