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[roz-uh-nan-tee, roh-zuh-nahn-tee] /ˌrɒz əˈnæn ti, ˌroʊ zəˈnɑn ti/
the old, worn horse of Don Quixote.
(lowercase) an old, decrepit horse.
Spanish Rocinante. Unabridged
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  • I roamed about in the gloom searching for my errant Rosinante.

    With Steyn and De Wet Philip Pienaar
  • Now we shall look after the requirements of Rosinante, my little Sancho Panza.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • His helmet is a barbers basin, his horse, Rosinante, and a labourers donkey brays at the sight of his coat-of-arms.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • Securing all his money about his person, he mounted his Rosinante.

  • She was a lank, bare-ribbed, high-boned animal, long-eared like all of her race—for she belonged to the race of Rosinante.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • Once more mounted on my Rosinante, we resumed our line of march.

    The Captive in Patagonia Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  • The animal was at least thirty years of age, and was as gaunt as Rosinante, and would have been a dear bargain at fifteen dollars.

  • But Rosinante had preferred to survey sunshine out of shade.

    Henry Brocken Walter J. de la Mare
  • We tried to enjoy the moment, and to brush aside the awful thought that we must remount Rosinante and Co. next day.

  • I stood, twisting my fingers in Rosinante's mane, debating and debating.

    Henry Brocken Walter J. de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for Rosinante


a worn-out emaciated old horse
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, the name of Don Quixote's horse, from rocin old horse
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Word Origin and History for Rosinante

Don Quixote's horse, from Spanish Rocinante, from rocin "worn-out horse" + antes "before," "so called in allusion to the circumstance that Don Quixote's charger was formerly a wretched hack" [Klein]. Rocin is cognate with Old French rancin "draft horse, hack," but the word is of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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