Don Quixote

Don Quixote

[don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suht; Spanish dawn kee-haw-te]
noun
1.
the hero of a novel by Cervantes who was inspired by lofty and chivalrous but impractical ideals.
2.
(italics) (Don Quixote de la Mancha ) the novel itself (1605 and 1615).
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Quixote

[kee-hoh-tee, kwik-suht; Spanish kee-haw-te]
noun
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Don Quixote (ˈdɒn kiːˈhəʊtiː, ˈkwɪksət, Spanish don kiˈxote)
 
n
an impractical idealist
 
[after the hero of Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha]

Quixote (ˈkwɪksət, Spanish kiˈxote)
 
n
See Don Quixote

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Don Quixote [(don kee-hoh-tay, don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suht)]

(1605–1615) A novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The hero, Don Quixote (don is a Spanish title of honor), loses his wits from reading too many romances and comes to believe that he is a knight destined to revive the golden age of chivalry. A tall, gaunt man in armor, he has many comical adventures with his fat squire, Sancho Panza.

Note: A person who is both idealistic and impractical is often said to be “quixotic.”
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