dulcinea

dulcinea

[duhl-sin-ee-uh, duhl-suh-nee-uh]
noun
a ladylove; sweetheart.

Origin:
1740–50; after Dulcinea the ladylove of Don Quixote

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dulcinea (ˌdʌlsɪˈnɪə)
 
n
a man's sweetheart
 
[C18: from the name of Don Quixote's mistress Dulcinea del Toboso in Cervantes' novel; from Spanish dulce sweet]

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