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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Definitions for dulcinea

  1. a ladylove; sweetheart.

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Citations for dulcinea
But that little song! It has all the passion of the old chivalry in it--it is only to say, 'My Dulcinea is prettier, sweeter, brighter-eyed than yours!' and the other says, 'You wait till I can get at you, and then we will see!' Arthur Christopher Benson, Father Payne, 1917
... I stole under cover of the darkness to the dwelling of my dulcinea. Washington Irving, "Buckthorne; or, the Young Man of Great Expectations," Tales of a Traveller, 1824
Origin of dulcinea
Dulcinea entered English by way of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote as the name the protagonist, Don Quixote, bestowed on his ladylove. Dulcinea is derived from the Spanish word dulce meaning "sweet."
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