qui·​xote ˈkwik-sət How to pronounce quixote (audio) kē-ˈhō-tē How to pronounce quixote (audio)
often capitalized
: a quixotic person
quixotism noun
quixotry noun

Word History


Don Quixote, hero of the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605, 1615) by Cervantes

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quixote was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Quixote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quixote. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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