Definitions for el doradoˌɛl dəˈrɑ doʊ, -ˈreɪ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. El Dorado, eldorado(noun)

    an imaginary place of great wealth and opportunity; sought in South America by 16th-century explorers


  1. El Dorado(ProperNoun)

    A Muisca tribal chief who covered himself in gold dust

  2. El Dorado(ProperNoun)

    A legendary lost city of gold

  3. El Dorado(ProperNoun)

    Thus, any place of fabulous wealth

  4. Origin: The golden one

Webster Dictionary

  1. El Dorado

    a name given by the Spaniards in the 16th century to an imaginary country in the interior of South America, reputed to abound in gold and precious stones

  2. El Dorado

    any region of fabulous wealth; exceeding richness

  3. Origin: [Sp., lit., the gilt (sc. land); el the + dorado gilt, p. p. of dorare to gild. Cf. Dorado.]


  1. El Dorado

    El Dorado is the name of a Muisca tribal chief who covered himself with gold dust and, as an initiation rite. Later, El Dorado became the name of a legendary "Lost City of Gold", that fascinated explorers since the days of the Spanish Conquistadors. No evidence for its existence has been found. Imagined as a place, El Dorado became a kingdom, an empire, and a city of this legendary golden king. In pursuit of the legend, Francisco de Orellana and Gonzalo Pizarro departed from Quito in 1541 in an expedition towards the Amazon Basin, as a result of which Orellana became the first person known to have navigated the Amazon River along substantially its entire length.

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