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ˌdɒn kiˈhoʊ ti, -teɪ, dɒn ˈkwɪk sətdon quixote

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Don Quixotenoun

    the hero of a romance by Cervantes; chivalrous but impractical

  2. Don Quixotenoun

    any impractical idealist (after Cervantes' hero)


  1. Don Quixotenoun

    Any person or character who displays quixotism.

  2. Don Quixotenoun

    A Spanish novel whose full title is El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha).

  3. Don Quixotenoun

    The protagonist of the novel.


  1. Don Quixote

    Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, is a novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures of Alonso Quijano, an hidalgo who reads so many chivalric novels that he decides to set out to revive chivalry, under the name Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthly wit in dealing with Don Quixote's rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood. Don Quixote is met by the world as it is, initiating such themes as intertextuality, realism, metatheatre, and literary representation. Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, respectively, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published. In a 2002 list, Don Quixote was cited as the "best literary work ever written".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Don Quixote

    the title of a world-famous book written by Miguel Cervantes, in satire of the romances of chivalry with which his countrymen were so fascinated; the chief character of which gives title to it, a worthy gentleman of La Mancha, whose head is so turned by reading tales of knight-errantry, that he fancies he is a knight-errant himself, sallies forth in quest of adventures, and encounters them in the most commonplace incidents, one of his most ridiculous extravagancies being his tilting with the windmills, and the overweening regard he has for his Dulcinea del Tobosa.

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  1. Don Quixote

    Famous knight-errant of Spain. Made some desperate conquests for his lady-love, and was defeated by a windmill. In all his defeats, however, he showed to the world that a laugh cuts deeper than a sword, and that satire would kill where a lance could not penetrate. The word quixotic is used to his commemoration.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of don quixote in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of don quixote in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of don quixote in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.

  2. Angel Gutierrez:

    The two most well-known things about La Mancha are Don Quixote and our (manchego) cheese.

  3. Ethan Demme:

    When Bob Hollister're running a third party and Bob Hollister're trying to recruit candidates for a third party, Bob Hollister have to have a little bit of Don Quixote, i wouldn't be doing this if I didn't legitimately think that our democracy is actually under attack. And that's what January 6 showed.

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