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dulcinea

[duhl-sin-ee-uh, duhl-suh-nee-uh] /dʌlˈsɪn i ə, ˌdʌl səˈni ə/
noun
1.
a ladylove; sweetheart.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; after Dulcinea the ladylove of Don Quixote
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British Dictionary definitions for dulcinea

dulcinea

/ˌdʌlsɪˈnɪə/
noun
1.
a man's sweetheart
Word Origin
C18: from the name of Don Quixote's mistress Dulcinea del Toboso in Cervantes' novel; from Spanish dulce sweet
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Word Origin and History for dulcinea

Dulcinea

"sweetheart," 1748, from the name of Don Quixote's mistress in Cervantes' romance, the name a Spanish fem. derivative of Latin dulce "sweet."

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