Don Quixote


Don Qui·​xote ˌdän-kē-ˈ(h)ō-tē How to pronounce Don Quixote (audio)
 chiefly British  dän-ˈkwik-sət
: an impractical idealist

Examples of Don Quixote in a Sentence

a latter-day Don Quixote, she's spent her life fighting the state's big logging companies
Recent Examples on the Web Such a candidate must always play Sancho Panza to someone else's Don Quixote, riding the burrow beside the questing knight. Ron Elving, NPR, 30 Mar. 2024 Sidekick to: Don Quixote de la Mancha Don Quixote may be the star of Miguel de Cervantes' deeply ironic, surprisingly modern satire of macho heroism, but Sancho is the earthy everyman. Ew Staff Updated,, 6 Mar. 2024 Cincinnati Ballet: Don Quixote, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 18 Feb. 2024 Orson Welles famously started but never finished an adaptation in Spain of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved 17th-century novel. Jennifer Green, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 When: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Don Quixote, 2811 E. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles Admission: Tickets $25 to $50; For more information, call or text 626-689-5027 Vision Board Workshop: Resolutions are out, vision boards are in. Kamren Curiel, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which was finally released in 2018, starred Adam Driver and longtime Gilliam collaborator Jonathan Pryce. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2023 Meryl is a hardheaded Candide, a sharp-eyed Don Quixote. Jesse Green, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 The film follows Assante’s character, who thinks of himself as a Don Corleone but is really more of a Don Quixote. Brent Lang, Variety, 1 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Spanish, hero of Cervantes' Don Quixote

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Don Quixote was in 1630

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“Don Quixote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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