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Don Quixote

[don kee-hoh-tee, don kwik-suh t; Spanish dawn kee-haw-te] /ˌdɒn kiˈhoʊ ti, dɒn ˈkwɪk sət; Spanish dɔn kiˈhɔ tɛ/
the hero of a novel by Cervantes who was inspired by lofty and chivalrous but impractical ideals.
(italics) (Don Quixote de la Mancha) the novel itself (1605 and 1615).


[kee-hoh-tee, kwik-suh t; Spanish kee-haw-te] /kiˈhoʊ ti, ˈkwɪk sət; Spanish kiˈhɔ tɛ/
Don, Don Quixote. Unabridged
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  • Like Don Quixote's tailor, he works for nothin' and finds thread.

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • I was just going to start back to the city in search of you, when up comes Don Quixote.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • There is probably no more thrilling or exact an account of the Algerine slavery than he has given in "Don Quixote."

    Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • And the Don Quixote of which we coloured the engravings together?

  • At the head of each variation Strauss has marked on the score the chapter of "Don Quixote" that he is interpreting.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • I am going through Don Quixote again, and admire it more than ever.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
British Dictionary definitions for Don Quixote

Don Quixote

/ˈdɒn kiːˈhəʊtiː; ˈkwɪksət; Spanish don kiˈxote/
an impractical idealist
Word Origin
after the hero of Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha


/ˈkwɪksət; Spanish kiˈxote/
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Contemporary definitions for Don Quixote

an enthusiastic but impractical and idealistic person; also written Quixote

Word Origin

for Don Quixote of Cervantes' novel


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Don Quixote in Culture
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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