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Sep 9, 2015
This week’s theme
Characters from Don Quixote who became words

This week’s words
quixote
sancho
dulcinea
lothario
rosinante

Dulcinea del Toboso
Dulcinea del Toboso
Art: Charles Robert Leslie, 1839

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Dulcinea

PRONUNCIATION:
(duhl-SIN-ee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: A ladylove or sweetheart.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Dulcinea del Toboso, the mistress of Don Quixote. The name is derived from Spanish dulce (sweet) from Latin dulce (sweet) which also gave us dulcimer (a musical instrument), billet-doux (love letter), and dolce (softly, as in music direction). Earliest documented use: 1748.

USAGE:
“Augusta Holland, though five years George Frederic Watts’s senior, seems to have been his Dulcinea in the 1840s.”
Brian Sewell; Why Oblivion is the Right Fate for Watts; Evening Standard (London, UK); Nov 26, 2004.

See more usage examples of Dulcinea in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction. -Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (9 Sep 1828-1910)

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